Stanislaw Lem's Trippiest Story Gets The "Bashir" TreatmentS

If you thought A Scanner Darkly's surreal mix of live-action and animation could work really well in adapting satirist Stanislaw Lem, you're about to get your wish, courtesy of Waltz WIth Bashir director Ari Folman.

Folman wants to make a full-length film of The Futurological Congress, one of Lem's weirdest stories. In Congress, Lem's traveler Ijon Tichy goes to the Futurological Congress in Costa Rica, where he has a series of weird hallucinations and stops being able to tell what's really going on. He goes to sleep (or does he?) and wakes up in the year 2039, when the world has become a utopia of free money and easy living — except that everybody's on weird drugs. Later, he goes even further forward in time and encounters a world where everybody's in denial about the coming of a new ice age. It's a classic of the "false utopia" sub-genre of science fiction.

The Golden Globe-nominated docudrama Bashir doesn't use the technique of rotoscoping, in which animators trace over live-action performances. But it does mix live-action and animation. In particular, Folman filmed part of the film in live action and then used those sequences as the basis for storyboards for the rest of the film.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

Folman plans on beginning the movie with live-action, then add his signature dreamlike animation. "Think of your favorite young actress. She'll appear that way at the beginning, and then as the film goes on, she'll be drawn like she's 50," the Israeli helmer said.

[Hollywood Reporter]