Del Toro Teases Team-Up With Kaufman for 'Slaughterhouse-Five'
When it comes to classic novels being adapted into movies, this particular combination sounds like the stuff of dreams: Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's Charlie Kaufman is said to be working on a screenplay based on Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 classic Slaughterhouse-Five for director Guillermo del Toro.
According to an interview with The Daily Telegraph -- not yet online but quoted extensively here -- del Toro said that he and Kaufman "talked for about an hour and a half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book," adding that "the idea of the Tralfamadorians [being] 'unstuck in time,' where everything is happening at the same time" was what he wanted to do, without going any further into details.
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In Vonnegut's novel, the Tralfamadorians not only abduct the main character, Billy Pilgrim, but go on to teach him about the true nature of time -- that each moment exists simultaneously -- leaving him unable to control his own nonchronological travels through time as a result. Exactly what del Toro means by saying that the pessimistic Tralfamadorians are key to his intentions isn't exactly clear, outside of the assumption that the movie itself won't unfold in a straightforward manner … which, let's be honest, isn't what we'd expect from a Kaufman/del Toro collaboration anyway.
We shouldn't expect this potential masterpiece anytime soon, though, del Toro said. "[Universal] will make it when it's my next movie," he told The Telegraph, "but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there's a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer!"
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