Charlie Kaufman Will Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix
As Netflix gets deeper into the original content game, they’re attracting bigger and bigger talent. Charlie Kaufman, best known for films like Adaptation, Synecdoche, New York, and Anomalisa, is working on a new adaptation for the streaming service: Iain Reid’s 2016 best-seller I’m Thinking of Ending Things.
Variety reports that Kaufman will write and direct the film adapted from Reid’s book, which was named an NPR Best book of the Year in 2016. The plot summary, via Variety:
On a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm, Jake’s girlfriend 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.
The book received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist and has been published in 17 territories. This would be the first of Kaufman’s movies, arguably, that could be classified as a straight-up thriller, but his scripts often have a notable tinge of anxiety to them that could work with a story as weird and slightly off as this one is. He’s also working with his frequent collaborator Anthony Bregman, who produced Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York, and Human Nature.
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