Charlie Kaufman to adapt I’m Thinking of Ending Things for Netflix

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Photography Brigitte Lacombe

Published January 25, 2018

Charlie Kaufman is coming back with a Netflix feature.

His first film since 2015, Kaufman will write and direct the adaptation of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Iain Reid’s hit debut novel.

The book follows a nameless narrator embarking on a road trip with their boyfriend to meet his parents for the first time. Packaged as a psychological thriller, it explores the value of romantic relationships, as the narrator contemplates whether to continue theirs. The narration and dialogue are central to building intensity, snippets of the sinister setting are secondary, while the plot—the physical trip—is tertiary.

It should certainly be interesting to see how Kaufman, the Oscar-winning screenplay writer behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [2004] tackles this novel for film—and this time, for a streaming service instead of a theater release.