R.E.M.'s Stipe Works On New Film Projects, May Help Write TV Series

With R.E.M.'s summer tour complete, frontman Michael Stipe has turned his attention back to his gig as a movie producer by lining up a new motion picture and TV project for his Single Cell Pictures film company.

Single Cell will release its newest film, the Spike Jonze-directed "Being John Malkovich," on October 29, and "Variety" reports that Stipe and Single Cell partner Sandy Stern hope to use the momentum to get another project, "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing," greenlit into production.

"Thirteen Conversations" is being written by the "Clockwatchers" team of sisters Jill and Karen Sprecher; the latter will also direct.

Single Cell is also working on a proposed TV series that would focus on the behind-the-scenes deals of the music business, which Robby Benson would direct and co-write with both Stern and Stipe.

Musically, Stipe and his R.E.M. bandmates will release their next album, the soundtrack to Milos Forman's upcoming Andy Kaufman biopic,

"Man On The Moon," in November. The album will feature one new R.E.M. track, "The Great Beyond," as well as an orchestral version of the title song.

The "Man On The Moon" film, starring Jim Carrey as the late comedian, is due out on December 25.