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By Robert T. Trate     July 08, 2013
Source: HitFix

It looks as if this was part of the deal in getting the Pacific Rim made at Universal. Guillermo del Toro want to produce a new film based on Kurt Vonnegut’s original novel, “Slaughterhouse-Five”. Del Toro wants Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich writer, Charlie Kaufman, to do the screenplay.
 
"Charlie and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book," he told the British newspaper (via The Playlist -- the story is not currently available online). "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."

All this sounds great but del Toro is a very busy man and Universal wants this out in the next 12 months. The problem is that del Toro is currently working on Crimson Peak and a pilot for an FX series based on his book “The Strain”. 

With Pacific Rim arriving this Friday, a big box office could put everything into motion. A flop and Slaughterhouse-Five could get lost in time. 

Here is the trailer for the George Roy Hill directed 1972 classic.

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monkeyfoot 7/8/2013 10:34:53 AM

I read the book and also loved the original movie version. But I don't think the movie is widely seen anymore unless you are really into it. I wouldn't mind a remake of it.

As a general rule I think you can make a new movie version of any book. You will have a rough time, however if the first version is considered a classic.

almostunbiased 7/8/2013 11:29:58 AM

I just watched that trailer and I have no clue what that movie is about.  WTF!!!!

Roqueja 7/8/2013 12:20:57 PM

Roger Waters should be tapped to score this one.

HarryTuttle 7/9/2013 7:53:44 AM

 I'm with you monkeyfoot. One of my 5 fave books of all time and I love the movie too, though it is a surreal one for sure.

Somewhat worried about the idea of a new adaptation no matter how talented the people involved. Kaufman is fantastic but you sure as hell know it's a Kaufman movie when you watch one he wrote, and I don't want to be so aware of him when watching Slaughterhouse 5. Ah well, sounds like it'll be quite a while yet anyway.

Oh and btw, that should be Tralfamadorians, not Trafalmadorians. A pedantic little quibble maybe but when you love the souce material these things become important, lol.

zathras6767 7/15/2013 7:35:49 PM

If this film focuses on the beings of Tralfamador more than Billy Pilgrim,or suggest that they put Pilgrim in his situation,the message of the original novel will be lessened,in my opinion.George Roy Hill's version stands as the best.

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