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Czech animation filmmaker Jan Svankmajer is currently
prepping a film adaptation of Karel & Josef Capek’s THE INSECT PLAY, which
is in preproduction under the title INSECTS.
Film New Europe reports that
INSECTS is still in the very early stages of preparation. Speaking about the
project, Svankmajer—who has directed numerous experimental and surrealist
shorts as well as the features ALICE, LITTLE OTIK and LUNACY—had this to say about
the adaptation: “[INSECTS] will combine dark comedy, grotesque, classic horror
genre and both animation and feature acting. Capek’s play is very misanthropic,
and I always liked it—bugs behave as human beings, and people behave as
insects. It also reminds one a lot of Franz Kafka and his famous
Svankmajer and his longtime producer partner Jaromir
Kallista are currently at work on the screenplay and securing funding. They
plan to have the film completed by 2015.
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