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Steve Carell And Charlie Kaufman Team For ‘Dr. Strangelove’-Esque Satire ‘I.Q. 83’

Steve Carell And Charlie Kaufman Team For 'Dr. Strangelove'-Esque Satire 'I.Q. 83'

One of the great, unrealized film projects of the past few years (and one we hope but very much doubt will ever get made) is Charlie Kaufman‘s ambitious, Hollywood skewering comedy/musical “Frank Or Francis.” One of the proposed stars of that project is teaming with Kaufman on another upcoming film.

Deadline reports that Steve Carell will star in “I.Q. 83,” which will receive a page one rewrite from Kaufman, and for now, there’s no word if he’ll also direct or not. It’s a sci-fi movie with a premise that’s right up Kaufman’s alley, following a viral outbreak that renders those afflicted with a rapidly decreasing I.Q., including the scientist tasked with finding a cure. It’s based on the book by Arthur Herzog, and here’s the synopsis from Amazon

That was before the DNA experiments. Before the accident you said could never happen…
Since then you have felt your mind decaying a little more each day. You have watched your wife slip into imbecility. You have seen the crowds growing murderous with animal terror, the President of the United States babbling and drooling on TV…
Only one thing separates you from them. You, at least, know what is happening as you search for the cure for the horror you have unleashed upon the world—as each day the dimming of your mind lowers your chance of finding it!

Herzog also wrote “The Swarm” and “Orca,” both of which made into features. “I.Q. 83” has been in development for a couple decades, but Paramount has high hopes for a “Dr. Strangelove” style satire. Yep, sounds good to us. But let’s hope it gets further along than Kaufman’s other satire he’s been trying to make….


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