Charlie Kaufman, of all individuals, has written a brand new Dreamworks animated movie that’s set to launch on Netflix subsequent yr.

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Relating to youngsters’s leisure, individuals normally count on protected and provoking tales that promote range and self-realization. Nonetheless, Charlie Kaufman, the well-known screenwriter behind “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation,” is teaming up with Dreamworks Animation to create one thing that may actually stick to children for a very long time. “Orion and the Darkish” is an adaptation of Emma Yarlett’s e book about Orion, a younger boy (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) who fears many issues in life, primarily the darkish.

On this CG-animated movie set to be launched on Netflix in 2024, “Darkish” personified (voiced by Paul Walter Hauser) visits Orion and reveals him that there’s nothing to worry in regards to the evening. Nonetheless, realizing Kaufman’s darkish humorousness, it wouldn’t be shocking if the story was extra nuanced. “Orion and the Darkish” director Sean Charmatz, who has labored on credit like “Trolls World Tour” and “The Offended Birds Film 2,” is certain to deliver a singular perspective to the story.

Dreamworks Animation screened three work-in-progress excerpts from the film at Annecy Animation Competition. One excerpt featured a neurotic younger Orion reciting the issues he’s afraid of which included, amongst different issues, rejection, humiliation, murderous gutter clowns, cellular phone waves inflicting most cancers, saying good morning, bees, canine, and even the ocean. This sounds oddly like Kaufman’s fashion, and whereas his work in “Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts,” and “Anomalisa” weren’t meant for youngsters, this may very well be a contemporary tackle youngsters’s storytelling.

Whereas Dreamworks Animation will not be identified for producing straight-to-streaming motion pictures, this collaboration with Kaufman is value taking an opportunity on. Kaufman, who additionally directed the pandemic film “I’m Considering of Ending Issues” for Netflix, appears to have discovered a brand new associate within the streaming large.

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Matt Wayt

Matt Wayt

Matt Wayt writes about Hollywood’s leisure business, artwork, and the battle between enterprise and creativity. He holds an ideal love for motion pictures like “Akira,” “Tsukamoto,” and “Roger Rabbit,” and isn’t a fan of snap zooms in CG photographs.