Spectacular Rumor of the Day: Guillermo del Toro and Charlie Kaufman to Adapt 'Slaughterhouse-Five'
Forgive me while I try to to transform my near-wordless excitement into understandable prose. Kurt Vonnegut's visionary anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five may be receiving the mother of all moviemaking dream teams. Director Guillermo del Toro is all set to go — and he's sketched out a game plan with his ridiculously amazing screenwriting buddy Charlie Kaufman.
"Charlie and I talked for about an hour and a half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book," he said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. "I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians — 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!"
Get it together, studios. I've said it before, but this time, I seriously could die happy if this movie gets made. Del Toro is the man responsible for Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, and the upcoming Pacific Rim. Kaufman's resume might even be more impressive: he's penned the screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptaion, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Combine the talents of those two guys with Vonnegut? It's unprecedented movie magic just waiting to happen.