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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 4, 2008 |

vonnegut_slaughterhouse_five.jpgVariety has a piece up this morning, tracking the next nine years of Guillermo Del Toro’s career, as he’s pretty much locked himself into several post-Hobbit productions, after signing a first-look deal with Universal. On tap for Del Toro:

1) An adaptation of Drood, a Dan Simmons novel set to be published in February. The novel, and the movie, will be about the Charles Dickens’ survival of a train crash, which may or may not have turned him into a murderer before he wrote his final novel. Really?

2) AnotherFrankenstein adaptation.

3) Another Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde adaptation. Del Toro wants to make a more literal cinematic translation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel. And, finally:

4) Another stab at Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. Del Toro also wants to make a more literal translation of Vonnegut’s novel, which technologically wasn’t impossible in 1972, when the original movie was released.

I haven’t actually seen the ‘72 version, but I’m of the opinion that all Vonnegut novels should stay that way — as novels — particularly this one, because I don’t think any amount of technology will allow any director — even one as talented as Del Toro — to properly capture the metafictional elements of Slaughterhouse. But then again, there’s a part of me that’s somewhat excited about the prospects of reintroducing the novel to another generation of readers, who no longer read. Eh. So it goes.

In There is no God! / Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 4, 2008 |

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