Kaufman and Del Toro may adapt Slaughterhouse-Five


With Pacific Rim making its way into theaters this week, Guillermo del Toro now has his sights set on the future. First there’s the ghost story Crimson Peak, but there are other projects on the horizon. One of the biggies: he’s discussed working with Charlie Kaufman on an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

In the words of Herr Starr from Preacher, “I have an erection.”

Del Toro said the following to The Daily Telegraph:

Charlie [Kaufman] and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book. I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians [the aliens of Slaughterhouse-Five] — to be “unstuck in time,” where everything is happening at the same time. And that’s what I want to do. It’s just a catch-22. The studio will make it when it’s my next movie, but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there’s a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer!

Del Toro also mentioned wanting to do a Frankenstein adaptation with Benedict Cumberbatch. (Cumberbatch joined Crimson Peak back in April.) With these two possible projects in addition to Heaven Sent (basically Justice League Dark) and at least a dozen other things, Del Toro has lots of stuff on his plate he may not get to. I love Del Toro, I love Kaufman, and I love Vonnegut, so the one I’m most excited by is Slaughterhouse-Five.

[The Playlist/The Daily Telegraph via /Film]

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