Charlie Kaufman to Write ‘Slaughterhouse Five’ For Guillermo del Toro

By Will Ashton

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One of my favorite screenwriters in Hollywood could soon be teaming up with one of Hollywood’s most inventive filmmakers.

Academy-Award winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) has recently been joined to the conversation of a Slaughterhouse Five adaptation that Guillermo del Toro has been kicking around for the past couple years.

del Toro said on The Daily Telegraph:

Charlie [Kaufman] 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 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!

So, it is not so much that they are writing a script right now, but rather that they have an approach that could be a script in the near future. We’ll have to see if anything become of it.

Currently, Kaufman is working on Anomalisa, which he is co-directing with Duke Johnson, and has the FX show How and Why also coming up for the near future. del Toro has his latest project, Pacific Rim, coming this week (review coming soon) and has Crimson Peak coming up next, along with a number of other projects in the near future.

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