elizabeth banks: charlie kaufman’s ‘frank or francis’ ‘fell apart at the last minute’
Elizabeth Banks has been a busy woman this year: she has already appeared in three films and several episodes of “30 Rock,” with “People Like Us” and “Pitch Perfect” coming up. Her schedule shows no signs of slowing down, either, with several projects listed on her IMDb page for 2013.
However, one movie of hers that may notbe coming to a theater near you is “Frank or Francis.” Banks told Moviefone that the highly anticipated film, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, is currently at a standstill.
“We didn’t get to shoot that movie,” she said during an interview ahead of the release of “People Like Us.” “It was ready to go, and, as many movies do, it fell apart at the last minute.”
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Banks was cast in “Frank or Francis” back in January. The film — a “musical satire” about Hollywood and the internet — was also set to star Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage and Kevin Kline.
Banks’ comments are a revelation to those excited about the project. In April, Kline seemed poised to begin filming.
“I’m just waiting for a start date,” Kline, who was set to play three characters in the film, told Collider. “It’s a huge cast, and getting everyone in the same place, at the same time, and the certain amount of money in place to make the film, is tough… [The producer is] very confident that it’s all going to come together shortly.”
When Banks spoke with Ain’t It Cool News earlier this week, she was a bit more gentle about “Frank”‘s fate.
“I honestly don’t know where that film is at,” Banks said. “We were supposed to make it sooner, but it’s been pushed. I think they’re waiting for everybody’s lives to come back together…I don’t really know anything about it.”
However, “The Hunger Games” star also warned Moviefone that the all-star project may yet come to fruition.
“You can’t believe everything on the internet!” she said, speaking broadly of casting and production rumors. “I hate to be the one to break this to you.”
She’s also still holding out hope that she’ll be in front of the camera taking direction from Kaufman soon.
“I really want to work with Charlie Kaufman, I would do anything with him. I really hope it comes together.”
Moviefone has contacted Kaufman’s agent for comment. We’ll update the story when we hear back.