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Safdie Brothers Producing Andy Kaufman Documentary

Featuring never-before-seen footage and audio recordings

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Andy Kaufman on Saturday Night Live (NBC)
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    A documentary on the late, great Andy Kaufman is finally in the works. Emmy-nominated filmmaker Alex Braverman will direct a forthcoming deep dive into the comedy legend’s life, up until a battle with cancer cut it short in 1984 at age 35. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the feature project has just started production, with Josh and Benny Safdie executive producing via their company Elara Pictures.

    Kaufman’s life was previously memorialized in the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon, in which Jim Carrey portrayed the Saturday Night Live star. That film, in turn, was examined in the 2017 doc Jim & Andy: The Great Beyondwhich mostly centered around Carrey’s method acting approach to bringing Kaufman to life.

    This currently untitled project, however, will mark the first proper documentary focused on Kaufman himself, fleshed out with never-before-seen footage and audio recordings. The producers have also secured exclusive rights to key films and much of Kaufman’s early work. Morgan Neville, who directed Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, will also produce alongside the Safdies.

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    “No matter how many times I watch Andy Kaufman’s work, I feel like I’m seeing a magic trick for the very first time,” Braverman said in a statement. “I’m excited for our project to honor that. This is the film I’ve wanted to make my entire life.”

    If you need more documentaries to keep you satiated until Kaufman’s arrives, April 2022’s releases have you covered: HBO just premiered Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Offand later this month, you can watch Showtime’s Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain, or Netflix’s White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch and Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes.

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