Spike Jonze’s Latest Gets a Title and Synopsis
Can anyone top producer Megan Ellison‘s production company, Annapurna, when it comes to having terrific taste in filmmakers? Case in point: the Coen brothers’ ‘True Grit,’ Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master,’ John Hillcoat’s ‘Lawless,’ Wong Kar-wai’s ‘The Grandmasters,’ Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty‘ and Andrew Dominik’s ‘Killing Them Softly.’ Of course, there’s also the next film from the great Spike Jonze, which finally has a title and an official synopsis.
“In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer, purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.”
Yep, that certainly sounds like the kind of thing the man behind ‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Adaptation’ and ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ would be interested in. Although that synopsis may sound like it came from the brain of the his frequent collaborator Charlie Kaufman, Jonze is the sole credited writer on ‘Her’ (which, if the sales poster included below is any indication, may not even be the official final title), a first for him on a feature film.
In addition to Phoenix (who is about to make everyone forget his ‘I’m Still Here’ phase with his performance in ‘The Master’), the film stars Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Samantha Morton and Rooney Mara. We can safely assume that one of those women will play the vital role of the operating system that Phoenix falls in love with, but since Jonze has a knack for creating terrific female roles (see Catherine Keener in ‘Malkovich’ and Meryl Streep in ‘Adaptation’), expect each of them to have something wonderful to contribute.
Although shooting has wrapped, everyone involved has been very quiet about the film’s future. Put your money on it to popping up on the 2013 film festival circuit.