Guillermo del Toro May Tap Charlie Kaufman to Pen Script for ‘Slaughterhouse Five!’
This is a really good thing or a really bad thing. Kurt Vonnegut is sacred to me but Guillermo del Toro has been proven to rock. Having Charlie Kaufman adapt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five…I think maybe my head will explode. I’m not sure whether it’ll be in a good or bad way.
There really hasn’t been a successful adaption of a Vonnegut book. He’s such an odd duck and delightfully so but in the hands of del Toro and Kaufman, well we could have ourselves a clambake. A really fucked up clambake with Trafalmadorians.
Del Toro is a busy dude and he says that Kaufman is “a very expensive writer!” No duh, Pan Labyrinth’s pants. Kaufman wrote Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and lots of other amazing things that certainly fit in with the Vonnegut mindset. Of course he’s expensive.
You know who’s priceless and one of the greatest American writers ever? Kurt Vonnegut. He gave us Billy Pilgrim and a brutal depiction of World War II. Vonnegut was a POW and survived the firebombing of Dresden. His strange time-traveling Pilgrim is a work of pure genius and I hope this film gets made. I think.
Here’s where the iffyness comes in for me. Kaufman also wrote Adaptation. When I first heard about it, I was all like, “Chris Cooper, Meryl Streep, Charlie Kaufman. Hell yeah!” Uh. It would suck if that happened to Slaughterhouse Five.