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Guillermo Del Toro Talking 'Slaughterhouse-Five' with Charlie Kaufman

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Even as the overwhelmingly enthusiastic reviews of "Pacific Rim" pour in from the genre-loving likes of Badass Digest and Hitfix ('though Variety and TheWrap.com have not been as kind), ever prolific fanboy Guillermo Del Toro has his sights set on even more saliva-inducing properties.

In a new interview with the print edition (remember those?) of The Daily Telegraph (thanks to The Playlist for the tip), Del Toro says he has his sights set on Charlie Kaufman to adapt "Slaughterhouse-Five!"

Kaufman wrote "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation" and "Synechode, New York." It's a collection of brainy quirk that makes him a great candidate to adapt one of the works of literary legend Kurt Vonnegut. (If you didn't read any Kurt Vonnegut in high school or college, plan a book reading staycation right now.)

Del Toro has a ton of stuff in the works already, as per usual, but "Slaughterhouse-Five" is part of the four-movie deal he signed with Universal in 2008.

"Charlie and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with the perfect way of doing the book," the director revealed to the Daily Telegraph.

Vonnegut's book involves one of the author's favorite fictitious subjects, the alien race known as Trafalmadorians, who have the ability to exist in all times at once (and therefore can see the future). The book takes place on Tralfamadore, where the aliens have stuck a Billy Pilgrim and Hollywood actress Montana Wildhack in a zoo. Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis; there's a small town (population roughly 1100) in Indiana called Trafalgar. Coincidence? Hmm.

"I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians 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, with all of the other projects Del Toro has in various stages of development, who knows if or when this one may become a reality. But good grief this sounds cool.

In the meantime, enjoy this trailer for the 1972 adaptation of "Slaughterhouse-Five":

 

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