…and for once, it’s not the hallucinogens talking. We think.

In one of the oddest pairings we’ve seen in quite some time, Sorkin will team up with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne to turn the Lips’ album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots into a Broadway musical:

Sorkin’s reps confirmed on Tuesday (March 20) that the West Wing creator has officially signed on to write the musical’s script. ”Maybe that means they’ll need to build a stage with lots of hallways on it,” joked Coyne of Sorkin’s fondness for walking-and-talking characters. ”It will be a giant tube that’s always moving!” [,,,]

Coyne compares the proposed concept to Terry Gilliam’s dystopian sci-fi movie Brazil. ”There’s the real world and then there’s this fantastical world,” explains Coyne. ”This girl, the Yoshimi character, is dying of something. And these two guys are battling to come visit her in the hospital. And as one of the boyfriends envisions trying to save the girl, he enters this other dimension where Yoshimi is this Japanese warrior and the pink robots are an incarnation of her disease. It’s almost like the disease has to win in order for her soul to survive. Or something like that.”

Hmmmm: beats the hell out of a bunch of singin’ cats, dontcha think?