NEAT. Way back in 2014, Charlie was attached to write an adaptation of Arthur Herzog's 1978 science fiction novel I.Q. 83. Six years later we've heard not much else about it until today. Collider reports that Charlie might bring an adaptation of the adaptation to HBO:
In an interview with Collider’s Steve Weintraub about his upcoming Netflix film I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Kaufman revealed that he’s currently developing IQ 83 as a limited series, although he stressed that there’s no telling whether or not the show will actually get made.
“I’m developing this thing for HBO, which is a limited series about a virus that causes stupidity. And it’s based on a screenplay I wrote, which is based on a novel called IQ 83. And I’m actually developing it for them, so it’s possible that it’s going to happen, [but] I don’t know that it’s going to happen. But I’m very interested in it because of the circumstances in which we live. I’m very interested in exploring the notion of that, and treating it as kind of a metaphor.”
The novel follows Dr. James Healey, the head of a group of scientists that conducted DNA experiments which resulted in the release of an airborne disease that gradually lowers the IQ of those infected. Healey is in a race to develop a cure for the virus before succumbing to its effects himself. (Source)
And I mean, no offence everybody, but that sounds pretty damned timely because there's an embarrassing amount of stupid in the world right now.
I can't find that interview with Steve Weintraub, by the way, otherwise I'd link directly to it. Maybe it'll be published closer to Ending Things' release, or maybe I'm just terrible at finding things.