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Charlie Kaufman and the Kung-Fu Panda?

05.14.2010
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Charlie Kaufman, Oscar-winner for ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and director of the impossibly mind-bending SYNECDOCHE, NY, is writing KUNG-FU PANDA: THE KABOOM OF DOOM? Well...sorta.

Kaufman has been brought in by DreamWorks to do a script polish on PANDA 2. While the assignment amounted to only about two weeks worth of work and writers take script polish work all the time (Quentin Tarantino worked on the scripts for MEN IN BLACK, CRIMSON TIDE and THE ROCK), it's notable for being an unusually unusual pairing of writer and material. But is it so unusual?

While Kaufman's recent cinematic work has been geared more toward the adult intellectual, his resume isn't devoid of kids fare or comedies. Kaufman was a writer on the shortlived "Dana Carvey Show" (along with both Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert) and even developed a Disney TV series titled "Astronuts" about a teen rock band stuck in space (it never made it beyond pilot).

High-profile but uncredited polish work is something that rarely becomes public so it'd be interesting to hear what other films bear the mark of Kaufman.

KUNG-FU PANDA 2 is set to hit theaters in 3D next summer.

Extra Tidbit: Has Tarantino ever worked on an animated film?
Source: THR

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8:00PM on 05/16/2010

Tarantino on "The Rock"

I'm pretty sure what was left on the movie that were his ideas were Nicholas Cage's quirkeness, being a Beatles fan and driving a beige volvo. Another script polished by Tarantino was "Coyote ugly"
I'm pretty sure what was left on the movie that were his ideas were Nicholas Cage's quirkeness, being a Beatles fan and driving a beige volvo. Another script polished by Tarantino was "Coyote ugly"
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4:03PM on 05/14/2010
Of course it's not that surprising. Dreamworks also brought in that production designer from Watchmen (can't remember his name) to work on The Guardians of Childhood. That's because they're the shit.
Of course it's not that surprising. Dreamworks also brought in that production designer from Watchmen (can't remember his name) to work on The Guardians of Childhood. That's because they're the shit.
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4:01PM on 05/14/2010
Holy crap! This is awesome news! I can't say the first Kung Fu Panda got me all hot 'n bothered or anything, but two weeks worth of revising by Charlie Kaufman is gold to me. I literally just completely reversed my opinion of this movie.
Holy crap! This is awesome news! I can't say the first Kung Fu Panda got me all hot 'n bothered or anything, but two weeks worth of revising by Charlie Kaufman is gold to me. I literally just completely reversed my opinion of this movie.
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2:36PM on 05/14/2010
Makes me wonder what his contributions were to MIB and The Rock.
I know that the Silver Surfer bit was his in Crimson Tide.
Makes me wonder what his contributions were to MIB and The Rock.
I know that the Silver Surfer bit was his in Crimson Tide.
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12:38PM on 05/14/2010

Sweet

I love Kaufman, a true hero of mine. This is flat out some of the coolest news ive heard in a long time
I love Kaufman, a true hero of mine. This is flat out some of the coolest news ive heard in a long time
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10:44AM on 05/14/2010
I knew Tarantino polished Crimson Tide and The Rock, but Men in Black??
I knew Tarantino polished Crimson Tide and The Rock, but Men in Black??
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10:02AM on 05/14/2010
If Tarantino were to be attached on an animated film I would bet $5 and a bag of chips it would follow the Animatrix route. And yes it would be awesome.
If Tarantino were to be attached on an animated film I would bet $5 and a bag of chips it would follow the Animatrix route. And yes it would be awesome.
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