Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) is preparing his first script for a Netflix original film, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, IndieWire reports. Kaufman is adapting and directing the film from Canadian author Iain Reid’s suspenseful 2016 novel of the same name. Reid is set to co-produce the film, along with producer Anthony Bregman (Likely Story), who worked with Kaufman on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Human Nature, and Synedoche, New York.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things has been described as a psychological thriller told from the perspective of an unnamed, suicidal woman who is considering breaking up with her boyfriend, Jake, during a road trip to his parent’s house. What ensues there and on the drive back is a series of eerie, unsettling events that trouble the narrator and, subsequently, the reader/viewer.
Kaufman is no stranger to adapting literature to the big screen. In 2002, he adapted Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession as for the Oscar-nominated film Adaptation, and Chuck Barris’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
He was also nominated for the original screenplay for Being John Malkovich in 2005 and for the 2016 animated feature, Anomalisa. No news yet on a release date for I’m Thinking of Ending Things, but Kaufman fans can look forward to the dystopian Chaos Walking, which he is a co-writer on and will be released in March 2019.