There are epic pairings of cinematic geniuses and then there’s the upcoming team of writer Charlie Kaufman and director Guillermo del Toro, a match that seems made for mind-bending sic-fi heaven. According to a report in Indie Wire, a team of Kaufman and del Toro is exactly what’s in store for Slaughterhouse-Five, an adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut novel of the same name.
“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,” del Toro said, via FilmSchoolRejects.com “It’s just a catch-22. The studio [Universal] 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!”
Kaufman is hardly going to be the most expensive part of the film as a mind like del Toro’s instantly guarantees that a ton of money will be spent to bring his visions to life. But Del Toro also usually means big box office returns and Kaufman is the guy best suited to deleiver a top notch story to the world Del Toro is trying to create with Slaughterhouse-Five.
The combo of del Toro, Kaufman and Vonnegut is a very intriguing idea and there is a lot of hope that Universal won’t pump the brakes at any point on this project the way they have on a few of del Toro’s past films.