Ayoade reveals that he’s developing an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky‘s classic novella The Double, calling it “A sort of doppelgänger tale, and funny, I think. Very funny. Dostoevsky never finished it to his satisfaction, which is somewhat…” before adding, with a hint of sarcasm “So yes, we’re going to dust that off. We’ll do what Fyodor couldn’t”
For those not up on their Russian literature, the source material involves a government clerk who loses his mind when he decides that a colleague is trying to usurp his identity – and yes, it’s one of the many inspirations for Darren Aronofsky‘s Black Swan, although it appears that Ayoade’s take will have a more comic spin.
Richard Ayoade is an English actor and comedian perhaps best known for his roles in the TV’s Nathan Barley (2005) and The IT Crowd (2006). In 2010 he wrote and directed his first feature film, Submarine, based on a novel by Joe Dunthorne, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.