New Andy Kaufman Documentary Underway

New Andy Kaufman Documentary Underway

Alex Braverman is set to direct the untitled project about the strange and celebrated entertainer 

April 13, 2022

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Andy Kaufman, February 1981 (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images)

Andy Kaufman is the subject of a forthcoming as yet untitled feature documentary, as The Hollywood Reporter notes. Morgan Neville, who directed the Anthony Bourdain documentary Roadrunner, is producing the project, with Alex Braverman as its director. 

Josh and Benny Safdie’s Elara Pictures is credited as an executive producer, according to THR, as well as Rick Rubin. The film also includes input from Robert Zmuda, who worked closely with Kaufman during his lifetime.

Preferring to be called an “entertainer” rather than a comedian or actor, Kaufman was known for his unusual antics, which revolved around wrestling bits and often involved music. Though Kaufman died of lung cancer at age 35 in 1984, his work influenced performers well outside of comedy for its physicality, tension, and absurd humor. 

Jim Carrey played Kaufman in the 1999 comedy-drama Man on the Moon, and the 2017 documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond further explored Carrey’s intense method-acting approach to portraying the enigmatic Kaufman. 

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