Spike Jonze's Next Movie: A Man Falls in Love With His Phone

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Spike Jonze is back to making movies about grown-ups, after the bizarre and somewhat polarizing Where The Wild Things Are. And his new movie, reportedly titled Her, is commenting on our relationship with technology in a way that sounds really fascinating: A man falls in love with the operating system on his phone, which is akin to Siri. Of course, it could be really twee — but we have faith in Jonze. Plus, Her reunites The Master stars Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.


(And some sources say Charlie Kaufman wrote the screenplay — but they could be talking about a different project.)

Here's the synopsis, via The Film Stage:

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.

The film is financed by Annapurna Pictures, the production company of Megan Ellison, which also brought us The Master and may one day bring us the next Terminator movie(s). In 2011, Deadline reported that Annapurna had picked up a Jonze project that was written by Charlie Kaufman, which was described as "a satire about how world leaders gather to figure out all the seismic events that will take place in the worlds, from oil prices to wars that will be waged." Could this be the same project?

Set photos via IndieWire. [The Film Stage, via Film School Rejects]



Sounds like that one episode of The Big Bang Theory.