Charlie Kaufman’s latest mind-bender, the meta-musical Hollywood comedy “Frank or Francis,” has already attracted a bevy of comedic pros: Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Kevin Kline. Also joining the company are Kaufman script veterans Kate Winslet (who won an Oscar nomination for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) and Catherine Keener (who earned a supporting actress nod for “Being John Malkovich”), reports NY Vulture.
“Frank or Francis” marks Kufman’s sophomore directing gig after 2008’s “Synecdoche, New York.”
“Frank or Francis” focuses on a director (Carell) who becomes increasingly fixated on a message board commenter (Black) who lambasts his films online. In addition to the film blog / Hollywood relationship, the screenplay also takes on the Oscars, with Cage playing a has-been actor who hosts an awards show.
No word yet on the roles that Winslet and Keener will fill.