Acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has been tapped to direct a film adaptation of the 2016 novel I’m Thinking of Ending Things. The writer/director is high on the list of revered screenwriters in Hollywood. In fact, he won an Academy Award in 2005 for co-writing the screenplay for one of the aught’s most well-regarded films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) with director Michel Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth.
His process seems to err on the side of ‘perfectionist’ rather than ‘workaholic, considering he’s only written three features in the fourteen years since Eternal Sunshine. And fans of Kaufman’s trademark weirdness can breathe another sigh of relief because I’m Thinking of Ending Things is being produced by streaming giant Netflix. They are, of course, famous for letting their directors and show-runners have total creative freedom over their projects, so Kaufman’s unique style will be right at home.
The book follows a girl (the narrator) on a road trip with her boyfriend. Unbeknownst to him, she has plans to put a pin in their relationship. Per Variety, the plot is as follows:
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.
And anyone who’s picked up the book and glanced at the review quotes on the back cover can tell you that good ol’ C-Kauf is already a huge fan of the source material, calling it “an ingeniously twisted nightmare road trip through the fragile psyches of two young lovers. My kind of fun!” So author Iain Reid (who made his fiction debut with this one) can rest easy that his novel is in good hands.
There’s no word on a release date yet, as it was only just announced, but I’d say it’s a safe bet this one wont arrive until 2019. In the meantime, you can pick up a copy of the source novel on Amazon, or in your local bookstore if you’re into real-life shopping.