, the man behind the upcoming mech vs. monster mash-up blockbuster Pacific Rim and the sci-fi fantasy favorite Pan's Labyrinth, will be teaming up with screenwriter for an adaptation of 's classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five.
Slaughterhouse-Five is probably the best book I have ever read. I never dared to watch the 1972 adaptation from and I'd usually be on the fence for a new adaptation...but, if Kaufman is writing it... SIGN ME UP! The guy is known for his insane scripts that blur reality and fantasy like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, as well as his latest animation offering Anomalisa.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph (via Indie Wire), del Toro revealed that Kaufman and himself have figured out a way to bring the psychedelic novel to the 21st century big-screen:
Charlie 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!
Of course the news comes with the usual grain of salt that every would-be project from del Toro needs; he's got a lot on his plate with no less than seven movies in pre-production stage. Still, with Kaufman now on board - reservation for one, please!
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