Fans of NBC’s Community await the upcoming fourth season with mixed emotions, as we’ll be seeing a version of the show not spearheaded by showrunner/creative wizard Dan Harmon. As you probably know by now, Harmon was not-so-quietly ousted from his showrunner position by Sony and NBC and replaced by new producers that have no history with the oddball series.
In the wake of his exit, Harmon has signed blind deals to create new half-hour comedies at both Fox and CBS and he’s also developing a stop-motion animated feature from the mind of Charlie Kaufman called Anomalisa. Harmon recently took part in a Reddit AMA (“ask me anything”), and he candidly discussed circumstances surrounding his exit from Community, his plans for season four, why he wrote the season three finale as a semi-series finale, difficulties with Chevy Chase, the status of his project with Charlie Kaufman, and more. Hit the jump to read on.
This is what Kickstarter is meant for. Community creator Dan Harmon encountered trouble working within the system, so he has turned to the public to fund a very exciting new project, Anomalisa. Charlie Kaufman scripted the stop-motion animated film about a motivational speaker who travels the country, but his life has become meaningless: “Suddenly one day, a girl’s voice pierces through the veil of nothingness. She fills him with such a rush of ‘aliveness’, he’s willing to abandon everything and everyone, including his own family, and escape with her to a better life.”
As if Harmon and Kaufman weren’t enough, Dino Stamatopoulos is also producing. You may know him best as Starburns on Community, but Stamatopoulos is also the authority on iconoclastic stop-motion animation. He helped Harmon write the Community stop-motion Christmas special and created Moral Orel and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, two gems in the Adult Swim catalog. Duke Johnson of Starburns Industries will direct and executive produce alongside Harmon and Stamatopolous. Hit the jump for the full synopsis and a pitch trailer.