By Esther Zuckerman
Updated October 23, 2014 at 02:56 PM EDT

A Steve Carell-Charlie Kaufman collaboration is in the works, EW confirmed with a representative for Kaufman. Deadline first reported that Kaufman has been tapped to rewrite a long-gestating adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s IQ 83, a novel about a virus that makes people less intelligent, with Carell starring. According to Deadline, “the aim of this new version is to do a scathing satire, on the order of Doctor Strangelove.”

Carell is currently on the receiving end of Oscar buzz for his role in Foxcatcher. Kaufman most recently wrote and directed 2008’s Synecdoche, New York, and in 2012 turned to Kickstarter to fund a stop-motion animation project with Dan Harmon. Carell had been attached to appear in Kaufman’s musical Frank or Francis, though star Elizabeth Banks told Moviefone in 2012 that it “fell apart at the last minute.”