Jonze, Kaufman announce ‘Synecdoche’

Writer's latest begins production next week

Standing before a Carlton Hotel ballroom filled with worldwide buyers, producer Spike Jonze made his pitch for “Synecdoche, New York.”

“No one’s ever going to be able to prounce the title,” he said.

Never let it be said that Jonze or writer-director Charlie Kaufman took the easy way out. “Synecdoche” (pronounced Si-nek-duh-kee), like prior Jonze-Kaufman movies “Adaptation” and “Being John Malkovich,” is a surreal world-within-worlds comedy. However, Kaufman is making his directorial debut on the production, which starts Monday in New York.

Also on hand was indie veteran Bingham Ray, making his Cannes debut as president of Sidney Kimmel Distribution.

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