Eternal Sunshine of the Spotted Hide

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05.17.10 4 Comments

It’s always exciting to see what whacked-out, mind-blowing, premise screenwriter Charlie Kaufman will come up with next (to deal with his own sense of ennui, of course), and we’re about to find out, because he’s been hired to re-write the sequel to Kung Fu Panda.  Wait, what?

Charlie Kaufman, the Oscar-winning writer behind “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and films such as “Adaptation” and “Being John Malkovich,” has headed off into an unexpected direction: animation.

The scribe is coming off of less than two weeks worth of work on DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom,” the sequel to the fun 2008 movie that had the voice talent of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman.

His work on “Kaboom” falls under the polish category, and animated movies tend to be worked on by multiple writers, so it’s not fair to say this will be a Kaufman cartoon. But it will be interesting to see, when the movie is released in 2011, how much of the Kaufman stamp it will bear. [THR/Heatvision]

Two weeks of work on a script polish isn’t much, but my sources tell me Kaufman’s work will be evident in a subplot about Po’s identical twin brother, Chet, who loves sex and hates bamboo.  A sorcerer eventually turns Chet into a tree which Po then unknowingly eats.  Po then begins to hear Chet’s advice in his head (which becomes an important plot device), having become the Earthly vessel for Chet’s spirit.  I think it’s a metaphor.

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