In 2008, the moviegoing public let Synecdoche, New York slip in and out movie theaters with a meager $3 million in total box-office. It’s hard to blame them, since the movie, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, was so conceptual it managed to tie even the acute brains into a hundred different knots. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t brilliant. (It was.) Kaufman, who’s enjoyed tremendous success as the screenwriter of films like Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, seemed to retreat into the shadows, perhaps emboldened by the brilliance of the final product, but discouraged by its reception. Since then, we’ve heard rumblings of his second directorial effort, the musical satire Frank or Francis, about a director (Steve Carrell) doing battle with an blogger (Jack Black.)
As it turns out, Francis wasn’t Kaufman’s only project. It was announced today that he has signed with Grand Central Publishing, who seem to be making steal after steal this year, and who’ll release his debut novel, the plot details of which remain unknown. The Hachette Publishing imprint specializes in celebrity biographies and Lady Gaga-Terry Richardson collabs, and we feel like Kaufman could have aimed higher—FSG, perhaps, or at very least Random House—but when it comes to this tantalizing project, we’ll take what we can get, and as soon as we can get it.