Exciting news: according to a just-published report over at Deadline, Oscar-winner and all-around national treasure Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) has signed on to write and direct an adaptation of Iain Reid's debut horror novel, I'm Thinking Of Ending Things, for Netflix.
What's it all about? Here's how Deadline's describing the project:
"The story follows Jake on a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm with his girlfriend who is thinking of ending things. When Jake makes an unexpected detour, leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensues."
I've not yet read Reid's novel (for what it's worth, however, it's come highly recommended to me by a number of reliable friends), but my understanding is that the novel's twisty, turn-y machinations will pair nicely with Kaufman's sensibilities. It's exciting to hear it's being adapted at all, but doubly so given that it's coming from Kaufman, a guy who's proven himself capable of adapting tough material (see also: Adaptation, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind).
No word on casting or when I'm Thinking Of Ending Things might arrive, but we're very curious to learn more. While we're waiting: have any of you read Reid's novel? Without giving anything away, how do you think it'll fare in movie form? And, more importantly, what do you think about Kaufman writing and directing? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for further updates as they roll in.