A team of film-makers is looking to turn Charlie's "sound play," Anomalisa, into an animated short, and they're using Kickstarter to fund the project. WE HAVE TO CHIP IN, GUYS. This looks awesome. The team behind the project would like to raise $200 000, and so far they're at about $31,500.
Anomalisa is a stop-motion animated film written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
The film is about a man crippled by the mundanity of his life.
The film will be approximately 40 minutes in length.
[...] Our goal is to produce this unique and beautiful film outside of the typical Hollywood studio system where we believe that you, the audience, would never be allowed to enjoy this brilliant work the way it was originally conceived. We've been working in the television and movie industry for years and we just want to make something ourselves. Something pure. Something beautiful.
So, please pledge as much as you can and be a part of this very special project! (Source)
The film is being produced at Starburns Industries. The creative team's made up of Dan Harmon (Community), Dino Stamatopoulos (Moral Orel), Rosa Tran, and director Duke Johnson. They're providing some awesome incentives for project backers, too.
Some background: a few years ago, Charlie wrote a "sound play" called Anomalisa, for the L.A. leg of Carter Burwell's Theater of the New Ear project. It starred Tom Noonan, David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh. I'm pretty sure the performance was recorded, but unlike Charlie's other play for the project, "Theater of the New Ear", it was never broadcast anywhere -- so only the lucky folks who were at the one-night-only performance had a chance to see it. (Or hear it.)
HEAPS of people have emailed me about this today. Big thanks to Duke for the heads up!
Update: Here's a more detailed plot synopsis, via indieWIRE:
The film follows a celebrated motivational speaker travelling the country, changing the lives of countless people. But in the course of transforming others, his life has become hollow and meaningless. It's a grey and monotonous existence where people literally look and sound identical.
Suddenly one day, a girl's voice pierces through the veil of nothingness. She fills him with such a rush of "aliveness", he's willing to abandon everything and everyone, including his own family, and escape with her to a better life. (Source)