Guillermo del Toro Wants to Make 'Slaughterhouse-Five' with Charlie Kaufman

Guillermo del Toro 'Slaughterhouse-Five'

Guillermo del Toro is a busy, busy man. Our own Dan Shewan reported just two days ago that the novelist/screenwriter/producer/director confirmed his involvement with the comic book adaptation of Justice League Dark. Now The Huffington Post reports that, in addition to the numerous other projects floating around his head, del Toro (eventually) plans to adapt Slaughterhouse-Five with Charlie Kaufman, writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Granted, this isn't exactly new information. Del Toro first mentioned Vonnegut's 1969 novel, about a time-displaced World War II veteran who travels in UFOs with space aliens, as one of his future films back in 2008. Speaking to MTV, he had this to say about his vision:

The book is so experimental in so many ways - now that movies have the possibility of being non-linear, you have so many possibilities to do the book honor by attempting at it...[T]he reality is the whole essence of the book is that the character is unstuck in time. Unstuck in time. So you do the implications of what that means, but you are really going into pushing narrative. You’re not watching a flashback and you’re not watching a flash-forward.

Sounds like he's committed to the source material; and of course, if anyone can satisfactorily translate Vonnegut's wit, black humor, and mind-bending intellectualism, it's Kaufman.

The only question is, will their collaboration ever come to fruition? "It may still happen," del Toro said, "But, I don't control the material... if I don't control the material, I have no say. It's a property of Universal." Kaufman hasn't weighed in on the subject at all.

Doesn't sound promising. Still, del Toro's "maybe" isn't a "no," so we can dream.

What does everyone else think? Are there other writers/directors who are worthy of the task? Or is Slaughterhouse-Five a potentially unfilmable text?

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Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Price: $9.49
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback (1999)
Binding: Paperback, 288 pages
Image of The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy)
Author: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
Price: $10.97
Publisher: Harper (2012)
Binding: Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Image of Being John Malkovich: A Screenplay (Faber and Faber Screenplays)
Author: Charlie Kaufman
Price: $13.57
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2000)
Binding: Paperback, 160 pages
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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life November 15, 2012 - 8:52am

I don't know if del Toro is the best director for this, but I'd love to see Kaufman's take on the material. Never liked the original film much.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer November 15, 2012 - 10:24am

Much more excited about Kaufman's potential involvement than Del Toro, but that isn't a knock on Del Toro, at all. I love his work. But Kaufman seems like the perfect writer for a true Slaughterhouse Five movie. I like the original film, but it wasn't truly a Slaughterhouse Five film, so much as a film that shared the plot.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 15, 2012 - 11:19am

This is awesome news! 

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies November 15, 2012 - 1:18pm

This would be great.

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Jane Wiseman from Danville Virginia is reading The Iron Council, by China Mieville November 15, 2012 - 2:49pm

Can't wait. Poo te weet.

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Kevin Maddox from Melstrand, Mi is reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut November 16, 2012 - 10:35am

Hell to the fuckin yeah