Charlie Kaufman is Writing an Adaptation of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ for Guillermo del Toro?


Does Guillermo del Toro actually sleep? We’re not convinced. The director/producer signed a four-picture deal several years ago that committed him to multiple remakes — including Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The retelling we’re most interested in at the moment is an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. While we appreciate the Pan’s Labyrinth filmmaker’s work, it’s the potential movie’s writer that caught our eye: Charlie Kaufman.

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“Charlie [Kaufman] and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book,’ he told the Daily Telegraph. ‘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,’ he added.”

Vonnegut’s novel centers on the experiences of a time-traveling optometrist and POW. In 1972, George Roy Hill (Thoroughly Modern Millie) directed an adaptation of the story, which Vonnegut responded to positively despite a cruddy reception at the box office:

“I love George Roy Hill and Universal Pictures, who made a flawless translation of my novel Slaughterhouse-Five to the silver screen… I drool and cackle every time I watch that film, because it is so harmonious with what I felt when I wrote the book.”

Would the author say the same about Del Toro and Kaufman’s version?