Charlie Kaufman to Write and Direct Netflix Thriller “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”


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In what amounts to the latest coup for , Oscar winner (Being John Malkovich) has signed on to write and direct a feature adaptation of ’s bestselling debut novel I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS for the streaming service, it was announced Thursday.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things examines the fragility of the psyche and the limitations of solitude. The book follows a young woman who is thinking of ending things with her boyfriend while on a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm. When her boyfriend makes an unexpected detour, leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensues.

(Foxcatcher) and (Enough Said) will produce via Bregman’s banner along with Kaufman, while Reid will serve as a co-.

Kaufman and Bregman are longtime collaborators, having worked together on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, , and Human Nature.

While Kaufman previously adapted Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief (which became Adaptation) and Chuck Barris’ memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the project will be his first directorial effort to be based on source material. He previously directed Synecdoche, and co-directed the stop-motion animated film Anomalisa.

“Charlie is a singular talent with a formidable artistic vision. He has the rare ability to tell unique stories in a universal way. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a chilling thriller and we can’t wait to share Charlie’s adaptation with audiences everywhere,” said , head of ’s film group.

Kaufman is represented by WME, while Reid is repped by Paradigm on behalf of Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

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