Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass and Ben Kingsley certainly make an interesting cast for a comedy. Variety reports they’re getting together for Convention, which a press release describes as a ‘mind-bending comedy, embarking on a Charlie Kaufman-esque journey that puts them between the worlds of the cardboard box industry and inter-dimensional molecular mayhem’.
The film comes from Justin Reardon, who has just finished his directorial debut, A Many Splintered Thing, starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan.
Convention is about mild-mannered Paul (Duplass) and his feisty sister Abby (Aniston), who set out to change the box storage world with Paul’s invention of the 5-sided box. Breaking all the laws of physics with their new product, their fiercest competitors, including maniacal box magnate Bobby Schroedinger (Kingsley) and Mathematical Construct, an atomic guardian of the natural order of universal mathematical balance, try to stop them securing the deal of their lives – oh, and ripping a giant apocalyptic whole in the fabric of the universe. On discovering the damage he’s causing, Paul must race against time to put the galaxy back in order and save the girl of his dreams.
It’s certainly sounds ambitious, but whether it really can channel the madness of Charlie Kaufman movies such as Being John Malkovich, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is yet to be seen. The movie is currently looking for backers at the Berlin Film Festival.