Guillermo del Toro is out doing press for his brand new, awesome-looking movie Pacific Rim so, naturally, he’s going to talk about what’s coming next. He tells The Daily Telegraph (in the print edition; the online edition is not yet available) that one of his next projects, which happens to be part of the four-picture deal he signed with Universal in 2008, is an adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five.
We already know that though. What we didn’t know is who was writing the thing. We now know that it’s the great Charlie Kaufman. From 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,” he 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!
For those that don’t know: Slaughterhouse-Five is a satirical World War II novel by Kurt Vonnegut that follows Billy, a soldier who refuses to fight and is eventually captured by the Germans. At first glance this seems to be the most perfect combination in the history of film.
Kaufman is an extremely talented writer that’s wonderful at quirky movies, which Slaughterhouse-Five would certainly be. Kaufman, of course, gave us the scripts for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and more.
However, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Del Toro is a busy, busy director. He’s also working on a Frankenstein, haunted house movie Crimson Peak, Justice League Dark for Warner Bros, TV series The Strain, Disney’s Haunted Mansion and a bunch of other stuff. Del Toro is the type of director that likes to load himself with work and sift through to find the project that’s the most immediately viable. It’s also important to note that Kaufman hasn’t written the script yet.