Watch the trailer for Charlie Kaufman's adaptation of I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
I'm Thinking of Ending Things is a psychological thriller about a woman who, on her way to meet her boyfriend's parents for the first time, struggles to determine whether she's happy in the relationship.
Tension between the couple bubbles over when the girlfriend considers ending their relationship — and is eventually left stranded on a rural road.
The adaptation was directed by Charlie Kaufman.
Kaufman won the Oscar for best original screenplay in 2005 for Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind. He is also the screenwriter of the 1999 cult classic Being John Malkovich.
The film stars Irish actress Jessie Buckley, American actor Jesse Plemons, Australian Toni Collette and Englishman David Thewlis and is set to premiere on Netflix on Sept. 4, 2020.
Reid is an author and memoirist. His debut memoir, One Bird's Choice, was published in 2010. His 2013 memoir The Truth About Luck was awarded the $10,000 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award in 2015 and his 2018 novel, Foe, is optioned for film by production company Anonymous Content.
"I've always been a huge fan of [Kaufman]. His movies have meant a lot to me, so it really was surreal," Reid said in a 2018 interview with CBC Radio's All In A Day.
"I think the film is going to be its own entity. With someone like Charlie, what's exciting is he's going to do his own thing. I don't want it to be just a film version of the book, I want it to be standalone."
"I think because Charlie's attached to it now, a lot of people are going to the book for the first time. That's nice for me. I think anybody who writes a book, you're just sort of hopeful that people will find it," Reid told CBC Radio in 2018.
"It's sort of giving the book a second life."