Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
This may sound like a Bojack Horseman joke, but it’s actual movie news and not a gag from a Hollywood satire that once featured an ongoing subplot about J.D. Salinger creating and running a trivia game show: a Slaughterhouse-Five TV series is in the works. Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel, a blend of blistering satire, wild science fiction, and heart-shattering anti-war tragedy, is being developed for the small screen and yeah, this is kind of weird.
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I’m tempted to say that this news tidbit about Charlie Kaufman scripting a new take on Kurt Vonnegut‘s Slaughterhouse Five for Guillermo del Toro is the most ideal pairing you’ll read about today. Guillermo del Toro has been kicking around ideas for a Slaughterhouse Five adaptation for Universal for some time, thanks to a multi-picture deal he signed a few years back. It’s not one we’ve heard much about; At the Mountains of Madness took precedence after he left The Hobbit, and then there was Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and that possible Frankenstein adaptation. (More on that last one in a minute.)
Now the director says he’s got a vision for adapting the book — which features WWII soldier Billy Pilgrim, who becomes “unstuck in time,” living through periods of his life in haphazard fashion.And Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Synecdoche, NY) could write it… when the money is there. Read More »
Guillermo del Toro is a busy man. Not only is he facing what must be insane amounts of pressure to make The Hobbit duo of films live up to Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, he’s also stepping up to adapt Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter-House Five, starting a series of vampire novels (The Strain, co-written with author Chuck Hogan), and, oh yes—at some point, he wants to help spearhead the convergence of multiple entertainment mediums into an interactive, hybrid storytelling model.
Wired recently spoke to del Toro, and while he was mum on all things Hobbit-related, the Q&A reveals the mind of a man who seems to thrive on pressure and juggling multiple projects at once—all the while remaining conscious of the fact that the entertainment industry is going to look mighty different in 10 years.
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