The 3

The 3

"The 3" is a fictional movie within the 2002 film "Adaptation.", by the character Donald Kaufman.

In "Adaptation.", "The 3" is described as a "psychologically taut" thriller that follows an investigator, a serial killer, his female hostage, and the tight bond forged between them (they are later revealed to be the same person). The movie was described as "like "Silence of the Lambs" meets "Psycho". It is pointed out in the film that such a screenplay is actually impossible to write, as the three personalities all have to be portrayed as doing different things at the same time, including a chase scene involving a motorcycle and a horse. Since the death of Donald Kaufman (a fictional character appearing in the film "Adaptation") in 2002, the production of "The 3" is most likely on indefinite hold.

"Philadelphia Weekly" reviewer Sean Burns noted that the later film "Identity" actually attempted to employ the improbable formula: "Adaptation" fans hankering for a big-screen rendition of brother Donald's unproduced opus "The Three" will flip for "Identity"." [cite news
publisher=Philadelphia Weekly
] Excerpt from the "screenplay" as seen in the credits of "Adaptation":

"We're all one thing, Lieutenant. That's what I've come to realize. Like cells in a body. 'Cept we can't see the body. The way fish can't see the ocean. And so we envy each other. Hurt each other. Hate each other. How silly is that? A heart cell hating a lung cell." - Cassie from "The Three".

In January 2007, a movie entitled "Thr3e", based on the Ted Dekker novel of the same title from 2003, was released. The film involved a protagonist, his female friend, and an FBI detective trying to catch a sadistic killer who leaves them clues before the killer can murder the protagonist. In the end, the protagonist, the female friend, and the killer are all revealed to be the same person. It is unclear whether Charlie Kaufman read an early draft of the Ted Dekker book and was inspired, or Ted Dekker stole from a draft of "Adaptation.", or whether this is pure coincidence. [cite web |url= |title=DVD review: "Thr3e" |accessdate=2007-05-16 |last=Pearce |first=Joel |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=DVD Verdict |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ]


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