Charlie Kaufman is one of my favorite writers currently working. ‘Being John Malkovich’ remains to this day one of the most daring scripts ever pitched. I can’t imagine what it was like trying to sell that plot. His was set to direct a script of his entitled ‘Frank or Francis’, which is sadly been killed. Here’s what we are missing out on.
‘Frank or Francis’ was a musical set to star Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicholas Cage, Kevin Kline (playing twins), Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Banks, and Paul ‘Per-wee’ Reubens. Do you already want to see it?
The backbone of the plot was to revolve around a filmmaker fighting with a blogger, played by.Carell and Black. If Charlie Kaufman is writing a musical about screenwritering and internet criticism you should want to see it.
Nicholas Cage would play a washed up comedian hosting the Oscars. The character is famous for the film ‘Fat Dad.’ Nicholas Cage singing in a Tracey Jordan-esque role? Make this movie.
Kevin Kline would have played a director who’s Oscar-bait film ‘Hiroshima’ bombs. Along with his twin brother they create a computer to generate the perfect screenplay. The title? ‘God.’ Give me this movie!
This is a shame. Sure it would make fun of Hollywood from beginning to end but would it make them look any worse than another film like ‘That’s My Boy?’
Tragic. But there is still some hope http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/charlie-kaufmans-ambitious-meta-musical-frank-or-francis-is-not-dead-but-it-has-been-postponed-20120626