Del Toro Wants Charlie Kaufman to Write Slaughterhouse-Five
As far as dream pairings go, it’s hard to imagine bigger than Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Kaufman and Kurt Vonnegut. Del Toro and Kaufman have dreamed exactly that.
Speaking with The Daily Telegraph, the Pacific Rim director revealed he’s met with Kaufman (writer of Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, among other projects) about joining forces on an adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five, the classic Vonnegut novel about the time-traveling exploits of Billy Pilgrim.
“Charlie and I talked for an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book,” said del Toro. “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.”
The collaboration might never come to pass, however. Del Toro said Universal Pictures will only move forward on Slaughterhouse-Five “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!”
“It’s just a catch-22,” said del Toro. “I’ll work it out.”
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