TIFF: Paramount Nabs Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa'

The film is Kaufman's first forray into stop-motion animation.

Paramount has acquired worldwide rights to Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa. Sources peg the deal in the mid-seven figures.

Domestically, the studio has set the film for release on Dec. 30, 2015 in New York and Los Angeles, which will qualify it for an awards run.

The Being John Malkovich helmer co-directed the stop-motion animation with first-time feature director Duke Johnson, whose animation work includes NBC's Community Christmas special and the short, Before Orel.

Anomalisa, which Kaufman also wrote, raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter to make the movie, which centers on the story of a disenchanted motivational speaker (David Thewlis) and his romantic relationship with an enigmatic woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who he meets at a speaking engagement. 

The film first premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, where British sales banner Hanway Films first introduced it to buyers, before playing the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

THR's review stated: "This is a wonderfully odd consideration of those questions about love, pain, solitude and human connection we all ask; its emotional power creeps out from under the subtle humor and leaves a subcutaneous imprint that lingers long after the movie is over."

Paramount has been home to edgier animated fare in the past including South Park and Team America: World Police, so Anomalisa seems to have found a good home at the studio (which has been aggressively looking at the festival films for product to fill its slate).

Starburns Industries, Inc and Snoot Entertainment produced the film. CAA and WME Global brokered the deal with Erik Hyman of Loeb & Loeb on behalf of the filmmakers.

 

 

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