Wondering About That Spike Jonze-Jonah Hill Collaboration

It’s that time of year when a lucky group of film journalists including the LA Times‘ Rebecca Keegan jet off to Telluride, Colorado and Toronto, Canada to be wined, dined and awards-season appetized.

OpeningCeremonyNYStoreHere in NYC, in the shadow of TIFF, there will be an event of a different nature but one that involves a couple of very familiar festival marquee names. As first reported by WWD‘s Jessica Iredale, Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill have teamed to produce and write a one-act play for the fall New York Fashion Week presentation of Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2015 line:

Jonze, who has done fashion capsules with Opening Ceremony for his films Where The Wild Things Are and Her, will direct a cast of actors and models in his first project since winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Her earlier this year. The storyline is still being finalized, according to OC co-founder Humberto Leon, who noted the play was Jonze’s idea, as was bringing on Hill, who is known primarily for acting though his writing credits include 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street.

Hill will not appear in the production, scuttling any possibility of Donnie Azoff wreaking havoc on the runway. But who knows… Perhaps models and actors will get to clamber into the shared brain of Opening Ceremony co-founders Leon and Carol Lim, a la Being John Malkovich. No matter what narrative Jonze and Hill come up with, this Sunday September 7 fashion show is going to be memorable.

Update (September 9):
The UK edition of Star magazine has details about the Jonze-Hill play:

Titled 100% Lost Cotton, the production featured model characters played by Elle Fanning and model Dree Hemingway waiting for a fitting at an Opening Ceremony runway show. John Cameron Mitchell and Catherine Keener played versions of designers Lim and Leon, while Bobby Cannavale served as a stylist secretly in love with Leon’s husband.

[Image of Opening Ceremony flagship NYC store via: openingceremony.us]

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