If you like your art so meta that it makes you question the very fabric of reality, then you’re probably a big fan of two active creative forces in showbiz today. In the realm of film, there’s Charlie Kaufman, the brilliant man who wrote Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as well as his directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York. In the realm of television, there’s Dan Harmon, the mastermind behind the cult phenomenon/new wave religion Community. Harmon was recently ousted as showrunner shortly after NBC announced it would be picking up the sitcom for a fourth season, and now that he is a free agent, the man is able to pursue cinematic projects, including collaboration on an animated film with Kaufman. No bit of news has ever been so sweet, or potentially self-referential.
According to the Kickstarter page created by the filmmakers, the 40-minute-long film called Anomalisa is “about a man crippled by the mundanity of his life.
The project also involves Harmon’s friend and writing partner Dino Stamatopoulos, famous to Community fans as the portrayer of Starburns, and director Duke Johnson (who works with Stamatopoulos on the Adult Swim series Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole).
In addition to the fantastic parties involved, an interesting part of the report is that Kaufman and Harmon have in fact opened a Kickstarter account to fund the project. In return for donations, their page is offering prizes such as premiere tickets, Skype conversations with Harmon, Stamatopoulos, or Johnson, an original screenplay by Harmon about whomever the donor may be, and, for the big bucks, an EP credit on the film.
Fans of Community shouldn’t be too surprised by a Harmon-Kaufman collaboration. The Season 2 episode “Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples”, in which Abed (Danny Pudi) takes it upon himself to make a self-referencing student film based on the Bible, takes several lovingly mocking jabs at Kaufman and his work.
In addition to this project, Kaufman also has his super-cast Frank or Francis on the horizon.
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