In a bit of interesting news, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has polished the script for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom. According to Heat Vision, the Academy Award-winning writer recently put in less than two weeks work on the sequel to 2008’s Kung Fu Panda.
As much as I would love to see a Kung Fu Panda sequel filtered through Kaufman’s unique mind, don’t expect to see anything existential and mindbending when the sequel hits theaters in 2011. Studios hiring screenwriters to polish up screenplays is nothing new. There are probably hundreds of stories about anonymous high-profile writers coming in, doing a polish, getting a paycheck, and with no credit on the final film. If anything, this bit of news helps explain how Kaufman gets his ambitious high concept films made.