Guillermo del Toro and Charlie Kaufman working on Slaughterhouse Five adaptation

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Director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation) are pooling their considerable talents for an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse Five.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph (shared online by The Playlist), del Toro revealed that he and Kaufman recently “talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book.”

Vonnegut’s 1969 novel tells of a World War II soldier by the name of Billy Pilgrim who becomes “unstuck in time,” and experiences the events of his life concurrently. Those events include the fire-bombing of Dresden, his eventual abduction by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, and death.

George Roy Hill adapted the movie for the screen in 1972. It collected the Prix du Jury accolade at the Cannes Film Festival.

When will we see it eventuate? “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!”

Guillermo, get on this.

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