WATCH: Adaptation Continues in the Trailer for Charlie Kaufman’s Stop-Motion Film “Anomalisa”
This is the second-ever feature directorial project from Kaufman, the writer of Adaptation., Being John Malkovich, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Charlie Kaufman, who is best imagined simply as Nicolas Cage in Adaptation., hasn’t been involved in a completed project since causing meta-thought brain implosions with his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York in 2008, but that’s not for lack of trying. Just last year, Kaufman wrote and directed a pilot starring Michael Cera and Catherine Keener called How and Why, except—surprise, surprise—it was too weird for FX, who passed on it.
That experience, it seems, was not enough to deter Kaufman for another extended period of time, since he’s already bounced back with a new project—this one a stop-motion film called Anomalisa, which he wrote himself and directed alongside relative unknown Duke Johnson. True to Kaufman’s form, it’s about “a man crippled by the mundanity of his life.”
After much buzz (the film is currently holding a 100% Rotten Tomatoes ranking through the first thirty-two reviews), a trailer has now been released, offering up a glimpse at the new style and approach for the Academy Award–winner. That trailer, which is certainly less dumbfounding of a viewing experience than the actual movie will end up being, is available to watch below.