Charles Stuart Kaufman is the beautiful mind behind thought-provoking masterpieces such as Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) starring the fabulous Jim Carrey.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things is the title of Iain Reid’s debut novel, and now the book has been adapted into a film for Netflix directed by Kaufman himself. The film is currently in post-production and will be released in the first quarter of 2020.
The book is a psychological-horror story about a woman going through the cycles of a relationship that’s already ended in her mind. She is thinking of ending things from the get-go. Nonetheless, she accepts her boyfriend’s offer to meet his parents at their farmhouse. The conflict arises as the couple find themselves trapped in a terrifying detour concerning the harrowing past of the boyfriend.
As far as the book is concerned, this is a heavy psychological and philosophical meditation on loneliness, relationships, and fear of the unknown. The backdrop is a snowy and dark landscape that does nothing but increase the sense of loss that accompanies the two melancholic lovers.
This project will mark Charlie Kaufman’s third feature film after Synecdoche, New York (2008), and Anomalisa (2015). Throughout his entire career as a writer and director, Charlie has told stories that are deeply ingrained from the characters’ darkest fears and obsessions, and this film adaptation will undoubtedly showcase his talent in pulling off complex narratives to the audience once again.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things will star Jesse Plemons (The Irishman), Toni Colette (Hereditary), David Thewlis (Wonder Woman), and Jessie Bucley (Taboo), who replaced Brie Larson (Room) for the role. Considering the line-up of award-winning talents, the expectations are extremely high.