Guillermo del Toro’s Slaughterhouse Five Movie Gets a Writer. So Now He Has To Make It… Right?
Slaughterhouse Five is one of those Guillermo del Toro movies that he’s been planning to do for years, but whether or not it’ll ever actually get made is… well, questionable. (See also: Mountains of Madness, Hellboy 3, his versions of Frankenstein and Beauty and the Beast…).
Except now it’s looking like this film actually might happen, because it got a writer: Charlie Kaufman, who also wrote Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
I need to sit down…
Via The Playlist:
“Charlie [Kaufman] and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book,” [del Toro] told the Daily Telegraph. “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!”
“I”ll work it out,” he added.
Suuuure. The film is part of a four-picture deal made in 2008 with Universal, which is the studio that torpedoed Mountains of Madness. Then again, the director’s upcoming Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak are both Warner Bros., and he has to make something (four somethings) for Universal. If one of those is a Charlie Kaufman-adapted Kurt Vonnegut movie… well, I’d be pleased. Just the idea of del Toro, Kaufman, and Vonnegut involved in one project makes my brain do strange things. Strange, good things.