BREAKING: Charlie Kaufman is attaching Jack Black and Nicolas Cage and is talking to Steve Carell to star in  Frank Or Francis, the next film Kaufman will direct.  Kaufman’s projects are always shrouded in mystery (sometimes even after you’ve seen them), but they are always compelling and this one’s gearing up for a 2012 start. After writing scripts that included Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kaufman made his helming debut on his script Synecdoche, New York.

Cage previously starred in the Kaufman-scripted Adaptation, the adaptation of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief. Black, who most recently starred in the indie Bernie, sort of worked with Kaufman in that he did script work on Kung Fu Panda 2. and Carell (who’s about to open in Crazy, Stupid, Love) is working with Kaufman for the first time. UPDATE: I’m told that Carell and Kaufman actually worked together back in 1996 on The Dana Carvey Show, so everybody knows everybody. Kaufman, Black and Carell are repped by WME, Cage by CAA.

The pic is being mounted as an indie that’s our to financiers and will be produced by Anthony Bregman.