The City of Absurdity The Metamorphosis
since 1992 – delayed

Franz Kafka and untitled drawing by David Lynch

About the Project | Short Story


About the Project


"Yes, I identify a lot with the character [Gregor Samsa], but I don't wanna go into all the reason's why."

"I wrote a script. But I'm not entirely happy with the script. And something is just, uh, not right about it, something's missing, and maybe it will pop in later on."

"This beetle costs so much money to make, and even so, I don't know if Technology is, um, really, ah, ready to, uh, manu...To build a beetle that work like I would like it to work. But if you told me you could build a perfect beetle, ah, then I would concentrate, I would, I would sit down and really concentrate on the story and reading and reading it. And I think in a little while I might, ah, you know, solve the problem."

"I don't like to say again that I love Franz Kafka because everybody says that. But I truly love him. We had a plan with Frantisek Daniel, to make a film based on Kafka`s story The Metamorphosis. I've even finished the storyboard, but the problem is the beetle. In Kafka`s story the man metamorphoses into a beetle. It would have been good to make it as a mechanical puppet five years ago, but now it would be possible to do it only with computer animation. And that is very expensive. Maybe after another five years the prices will be lower and maybe than it will be possible to make it. That would be wonderful.

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Short Story

"AS GREGOR SAMSA awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was lying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his dome-like brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes."

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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
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