Before befuddling and enthralling filmgoers with Being John Malkovich, Charlie Kaufman bided his time in the dark realm of television, working on cult sitcom Get a Life and the Jennifer Aniston-starring sketch show The Edge, which, despite limited success, helped the future Adaptation scribe land a TV development deal with Disney. The result: Depressed Roomies, an absurdist pilot involving grumpy cohabitants scheming to quiet their loud peg-legged neighbor upstairs. Only in Kaufman’s brilliantly skewed worldview does dating your roommate’s same-sex cousin for free carpets and viewing Sinbad as a romantic sage pass for humor. Not surprisingly, Disney deemed the script inappropriate for TV. So Kaufman went on to Being John Malkovich. Nothing depressing about that.
Posted December 3 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
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