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Adaptation – Trailer

Adaptation. is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean’s non-fiction book The Orchid Thief through self-referential events. The film stars Nicolas Cage as Charlie and Donald Kaufman, Meryl Streep as Susan, with Chris Cooper, Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton, Ron Livingston and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film tells the story of Charlie Kaufman’s difficult struggle to adapt The Orchid Thief into a film. In addition, Orlean romances with John Laroche while Charlie enlists the help of his fictional twin brother Donald.

The film had been in development as far back as 1994. Jonathan Demme brought the project to Columbia Pictures with Kaufman writing the script. Kaufman went through writer’s block and did not know what to think of The Orchid Thief. In turn Kaufman wrote a script about his experience adapting The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. Tom Hanks was at one point set for the role of Charlie Kaufman while John Turturro was approached to portray Laroche. Jonze signed to direct and filming finished in June 2001. Adaptation achieved critical acclaim, as well as outstanding success at the 75th Academy Awards, 60th Golden Globe Awards and 56th British Academy Film Awards.

Cast

Nicolas Cage as Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman
Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean
Chris Cooper as John Laroche
Cara Seymour as Amelia Kavan
Brian Cox as Robert McKee
Tilda Swinton as Valerie Thomas
Ron Livingston as Marty Bowen
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Caroline Cunningham
Judy Greer as Alice
Stephen Tobolowsky (deleted scenes) as Ranger Steve Neely
Bob Yerkes as Charles Darwin

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