Charlie Kaufman has just been tapped to do re-writes for the adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s 1978 science fiction novel, IQ 83.
Known for works such as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York, Kaufman joins the production which currently has Steve Carell attached to star.
Kaufman will be doing a page one re-write. The book, is officially described as follows,
“You are Dr. James Healey and last week you were a genius. That was before the DNA experiments. Before the accident you said could never happen… Since then you have felt your mind decaying a little more each day. You have watched your wife slip into imbecility. You have seen the crowds growing murderous with animal terror, the President of the United States babbling and drooling on TV… Only one thing separates you from them. You, at least, know what is happening as you search for the cure for the horror you have unleashed upon the world—as each day the dimming of your mind lowers your chance of finding it!”
The project has been in-development hell for years, hopefully with Kaufman and Carell on board it can finally get off the ground.
Though initially written as serious dramatic novel, the film is looking to go a more satire route, along the lines of Dr Strangelove.
No release date or director has been set for the project.