Spike Jonze, the elusive filmmaker behind Her and Being John Malkovich, is working with Netflix, but on a TV series.
We’ve been waiting for the return of Spike Jonze to return to filmmaking ever since the credits rolled on 2014’s wonderful Her, a movie that showed how Jonze was evolving his clever post-modern style of 1999’s Being John Malkovich into (what was then) something new. Her was and is a meta-modernist style that perfectly combined his trademark arch cleverness with something sentimental and beautiful.
But that was it. Her marked Jonze’s last foray into filmmaking as he went to do stuff with Vice media and we haven’t seen much of him since, although he did pop up with an acting cameo in last year’s Babylon. Stories are circulating that Jonze is returning to storytelling with the moving image but alas, it seems like the lure of long-form TV has captured his imagination.
With only four movies to his name in the last 24 years, Jonze has never been what you’d call prolific, and it looks like the wait for a new film from him won’t be ending anytime soon. However, there is some comfort because the details of his planned Netflix show do sound pretty intriguing: it’s a sci-fi series reportedly set to star Joaquin Phoenix, (the lead actor in 2014’s Her). It might even be animated. It might even be Netflix’s most expensive show. Ever.
If we can’t have Jonze making movies then it seems like this is the next best thing. We’ll bring you more details on this project as they emerge, but is sounds pretty promising so far, even if it’s not the return to moviemaking we were holding out for.
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