According to one of the higher-level theories of quantum mechanics, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is at any given moment working on every single film project in Hollywood, along with a variable number of TV shows, books, cartoons, and videogames. (He may even be co-writing this blog post.)
So when The Telegraph broke the news that Del Toro hoped to make an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, one had to maintain a healthy amount of skepticism. That sounds awesome, but so did At the Mountains of Madness (sniff) and so does the highly unlikely Hellboy 3 (sniff sniff).
EW caught up with Del Toro himself at last night’s Pacific Rim premiere, and as he tells it, Slaughterhouse-Five is a possibility, but a remote one. “We talked about it, but the deal hasn’t been sealed,” he said.
Right now, he’s working on the pilot for The Strain for FX and then the ghost story Crimson Peak. “And then I”m open,” he said. “Unemployed again.”
Still, it’s clear that the project is dear to his heart. “The books that I read in my first 15 years of life are books like The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Frankenstein, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” he explained. “Slaughterhouse-Five was the one where I experienced my first stroke of humanistic science-fiction. It was about humanity and the science-fiction was the accoutrements of the tale. It was ultimately about Vonnegut and what it is to be human.” So hold your breath and cross your fingers. -Reporting by Carrie Bell