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If I Were EiC... 3/29/11

Posted On Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Really quickly -- how many movie directors can you name in 20 seconds? Quite a few, right? Now, given that same amount of time, how many screenwriters (predominantly screenwriters, try to leave writer/directors out) can you name -- significantly harder, wasn't it? Possibly, because film (much like comics) is such a visually oriented medium, its easy to overlook the persons who initiated the whole process. But there is one who seems to stand heads above the rest and whether peripherally or head-on, you've definitely heard his name: Charlie Kaufman.

Kaufman has had a sizeable career, spanning two decades interwoven between television and film. And while I'm not that knowledgable about his tv pieces, his screenplays are ALWAYS exercises in cerebral nuances and hyper-intelligent dialogue that borderline bizare like a bookend! One of his most notable is the "how exactly do you catagorize this...?"-dramedy, Being John Malkovich, where a puppeteer (John Cusack) finds a portal into the head of John Malkovich (the real live actor)! Its almost insane to say that concept outloud, but its truly a fascinating film and I have no doubt (and don't mean to take anything away from the other auteurs who contributed) that its predominantly to do with the brilliance of Kaufman.

With that sort brevity towards reality or mischievous annotations to insanity, I think THE WORLD would take note if he took on DC's Clown Prince of Crime, The Joker! Imagine learning that each heinous act was simply the channeling of someone else's bloodlust, or that the Batman is really just a psychodelic-manifestation to "quell" the homicidal urges we all struggle to contain. Though there have been many takes on the Batman arch-nemesis, Kaufman would offer such a unique tone that could make us see the incorrigible, Mr. J in a new light...possibly the moon's light, when it's pale...while dancing with the devil.

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