del Toro for Slaughterhouse-Five? (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Monday, 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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