August 18, 2022

Legendary actor and efficiency artist Andy Kaufman is getting a function documentary recounting his life from Emmy nominee Alex Braverman, per The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, which simply entered manufacturing, additionally entails fellow documentarian Morgan Neville and his manufacturing firm Tremolo Productions, the group behind a number of the largest documentaries and biopics in latest reminiscence together with the Mr. Rogers movie Will not You Be My Neighbor. Neville additionally directed the Anthony Bourdain function Roadrunner: A Movie About Anthony Bourdain.

Little is thought concerning the movie, however Kaufman’s previous inventive companions Lynn Margulies Osgood and Bob Zmuda are concerned in its inception. Each signed unique offers and can seem within the movie, however Braverman additionally has Rick Rubin and Chuck Braverman on board to government produce, the latter of whom labored on Kaufman’s Carnegie Corridor particular in 1980. Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie‘s firm Elara Productions is government producing as properly together with Wavelength’s Jenifer Westphal. The movie has additionally managed to safe a wealth of by no means earlier than seen footage and audio, together with placing some unique offers for Kaufman’s earliest work.

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Kaufman turned a residing legend by his appearances on Saturday Night time Reside and career-defining efficiency because the lovable immigrant mechanic Latka Gravas on the sitcom Taxi. His profession was reduce tragically quick, nonetheless, as he handed away in 1984 on account of most cancers. He later turned the topic of the well-known biopic Man on the Moon the place Jim Carrey channeled the late “anti-comedian” in a chilling efficiency that sparked a dialog on the deserves and detriments of methodology performing. Past that, he was a really avant-garde performer who had been performing since he was younger and was recognized for enjoying weird personas like his well-known Overseas Man and customarily doing no matter he felt like on stage.

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Braverman’s lone Primetime Emmy nomination got here by Elliot Web page and Ian Daniel‘s Gaycation, the Viceland journey sequence which sees the duo discover LGBTQ+ tradition internationally and chat with the locals about their private experiences. The director additionally earned some recognition within the Daytime Emmys for The Thoughts of a Chef and Eat. Race. Win. which picked up nominations in 2018 and 2019 respectively. He is stayed inside the realm of culinary programming as of late, producing and directing episodes of Netflix’s cooking present for teenagers Waffles + Mochi which hails from former President and First Woman Barack Obama and Michelle Obama‘s Greater Floor Productions.

The concept to create a movie about Kaufman got here completely from Braverman’s love of the late performer. “Irrespective of what number of occasions I watch Andy Kaufman’s work, I really feel like I’m seeing a magic trick for the very first time,” he stated in an announcement. “I’m excited for our venture to honor that. That is the movie I’ve needed to make my complete life.” Neville, in the meantime, is happy to get to work with the inventive workforce assembled, saying “Alex is an thrilling director who has a significant tackle the story, the Safdie Brothers are true originals similar to Kaufman himself, and Chuck Braverman and Wavelength are unbelievable collaborators and champions for this movie’s distinctive imaginative and prescient.”


Braverman’s Kaufman doc shall be Wavelength and Tremolo’s second collaboration with the primary being Will not You Be My Neighbor. Given the workforce of Kaufman followers, gifted creatives, and former companions assembled, this can be a venture to control going ahead.


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