Netflix Acquires Carrey-Kaufman Documentary ‘Jim & Andy’

Goes behind the scenes as Carrey played the oddball comedian in ‘Man on the Moon’

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to director Chris Smith’s Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond -- Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, about Jim Carrey’s time spent portraying complicated comedian Andy Kaufman. The film was acquired at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film, a Vice Documentary Films production, uses approximately 100 hours of footage shot over four months documenting Carrey’s transformation into Kaufman on the set of Milos Forman's biopic Man on the Moon. Spike Jonze produced the documentary along with Danny Gabai and Brendan Fitzgerald of Vice Films.

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Surrounded by Kaufman’s friends and family on the set of Man on the Moon, Carrey thoroughly “became” Andy, Netflix said, and, alternately, Tony Clifton, Kaufman’s obnoxious lounge singer alter ego. Many of the production’s most Kaufmanesque moments played out behind the scenes, but were captured on video by Andy’s former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda.

“For almost two decades this brilliant performance from Jim Carrey has resonated with audiences and fans of Kaufman’s, but the story behind the film -- a true piece of entertainment history -- has remained largely unknown," said Lisa Nishimura, vice president of original documentaries for Netflix. “Chris Smith and Spike Jonze have masterfully unearthed and explored Jim's complex and artful creative process, hurling audiences right into the mind of a genius.”

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is executive produced by Eddy Moretti, Shane Smith, Tony Clifton, Michael Kronish, Jim Czarnecki and Nicole Montez.

"Vice is always focused on telling stories you can't see anywhere else, and Chris' film is an incredibly humanistic deep-dive into the mind of a brilliant artist,” said Danny Gabai, executive creative director, Vice. "Chris, Spike and Jim have made a film that makes us question what we really want in the world, and we couldn't be more excited that Netflix is bringing it to the world."