Rumors flew earlier in the week that Charlie Kaufman‘s (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) ambitious project Frank or Francis might, sadly, never come together at all – though Kaufman’s reps are not ready to say any more than it has merely been postponed. The project is a “musical satire” about Hollywood and the internet, and has Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Kline and Elizabeth Banks all set to star, though questions about it ever coming to fruition have been numerous of late.
Kaufman has been busy with quite a few other projects (including writing his first novel, writing and directing an HBO series staring Catherine Keener, and adapting the YA novel Chaos Walking: The Knife Of Never Letting Go, so it’s not difficult to fathom that Frank or Francis may have unfortunately dropped from the top of his priority list. For more on the troubled project and what some of the film’s stars have said about its prospects, hit the jump.
During her recent press tour for her current film People Like Us, Elizabeth Banks said of Frank or Francis, “We didn’t get to shoot that movie. It was ready to go, and, as many movies do, it fell apart at the last minute.” Kevin Kline also said something similarly bleak in April, commenting he hadn’t heard from Kaufman in five months and couldn’t take the project seriously yet.
Though Frank or Francis has been described variously as a “wacky” and “out-there” idea, with Kaufman at the helm and such an intriguing cast waiting in the wings, it would be unfortunate if the project got lost in the shuffle.
But The Playlist, who reports per Kaufman’s reps that the project is merely postponed, suggests we hold out hope:
Let’s note, Banks herself still holds out hope. “I honestly don’t know where that film is at,” she said. “We were supposed to make it sooner, but it’s been pushed. I think they’re waiting for everybody’s lives to come back together…I don’t really know anything about it.” Megan Ellison, your move?