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Guillermo Del Toro plotting 'Slaughterhouse-Five' adaptation with Charlie Kaufman

Um, cool?

By Corwin Neuse Jul 8, 2013 8:29PM
We knew we should have read "Slaughterhouse-Five" when it was assigned as summer reading back during high school. And not just skimmed the Cliff Notes®, like the terrible students we were. Or pretended to have, at least.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, again, "Pacific Rim" auteur and general purveyor of gleeful bad-assery Guillermo Del Toro is reportedly planning an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's classic with "Being John Malkovich" scribe Charlie Kaufman. Of course, the potential, exists-as-yet-only-in-his-imagination project is a long way off, if it ever gets made at all: Del Toro has other projects lined up in the meantime, and Kaufman has yet to write a script. According to Del Toro, however, as soon as the script is finished, Universal will make it his next project. So. There's that.

How would Del Toro/Kaufman go about adapting Vonnegut's notoriously non-linear, time-travely narrative? That, of course, is one of the main appeals of the whole endeavor, as both Del Toro and Kaufman has made their names from subverting expectations and upending traditional storytelling methods. See also: the aforementioned "Malkovich," "Synecdoche, New York" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." And also Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth," if only because that's a really good movie.

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7Comments
Jul 9, 2013 6:09PM
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This would be a remake of the movie.  There has already been a movie based on this book, and it does a pretty good job of capturing the non-linear time the main character perceived. 
Jul 9, 2013 6:06PM
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Maybe they should have mentioned that it would be a re-make. 
Jul 9, 2013 5:52PM
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Should be interesting . . . I actually read several of Kurt Vonnegut's books in the 70s.  Oh, well, I don't expect any other generation to know what this article is about.
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welcome to the finale...the fire bombings of dresden

Jul 9, 2013 7:07PM
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G.D-T is one of my favorites! The Strain is a great read and also a great comic book. He and Chuck Hogan also collaborated on two follow ups to The Strain, The Fall and Night Eternal, both of which will be comic books as well. Looking forward to his next project!
Jul 9, 2013 4:48PM
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Looks like nobody reads books in this zone. JAJAJAJAJAJA.
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Sorry ,,,Thought this article was about the great actor Benicio Del Toro....!!!!!
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