Guillermo del Toro to Direct Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ Adaptation?

Guillermo del Toro is having quite the busy summer with the upcoming release of his passion project monster mash, Pacific Rim. That film comes out July 12 and, although its been tracking by industry experts to under-perform at the box office, has many fans excited for what’s next for the famed Mexican director.

If recent reports are to be believed, it seems that del Toro himself has an idea of what his next project could be — if it ever gets written, funded and green-lit that is! That collaboration would be with writer-director Charlie Kaufman and would be an adaptation of the classic Kurt Vonnegut science-fiction novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.

The report comes from The Playlist, who spoke with del Toro about the film, collaborating with Kaufman and his future projects. This is the juicy part:

“Charlie and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book. I love the idea of the Tralfamadorians 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!”

The studio he’s talking about is Universal, a studio quite famous for committing to relatively low-risk/high-reward films of late that doesn’t necessarily bode well for the del Toro/Kaufman collaboration — but we can dream, can’t we?

This would be such a fascinating project on many different levels. Del Toro is one of the true auteurs working in Hollywood today and his creative input seems to elevate anything he touches. Obviously, if Pacific Rim under-performs like its being expected to (for the record, I think it’ll be the biggest July release, but that’s me), it’ll be harder to get a major studio behind this idea.

So it goes.

And Kaufman, who wrote Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, isn’t exactly known for his accessibility and commercial potential despite having a rather impeccable reputation among filmmakers and critics as one of the true visionary working writers in the business.

One can only hope all the bricks fall into place so that this collaboration can happen, but until then you can catch Guillermo del Toro’s new film, Pacific Rim, this week on July 12th and revisit Kaufman’s directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York, to really get a sense at how avant-garde the man has become in regards to his writing and filmmaking.

Fun Fact Trivia: George Roy Hill adapted Slaughterhouse-Five in 1972 in between two of the most influential pictures of his era, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting.

Topics: Charlie Kaufman, Guillermo Del Toro, Pacific Rim, Slaughterhouse-Five, Universal

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