To say that Guillermo del Toro has a full slate would be the understatement of all understatements. The man basically has his choice of projects to do until the day he dies, and he’s endlessly adding more options to that pile.
One of del Toro’s possible projects is a take on Kurt Vonnegut‘s Slaughterhouse-Five, which is a tall order for anyone… making it perfect for the brain of Guillermo del Toro. When asked what he thinks of how the project could be done, he had much insight to offer.
The book is so experimental in so many ways – now that movies have the possibility of being non-linear, you have so many possibilities to do the book honor by attempting at it. You could not tell that novel if your filmic language was academic. One of the main things is that you can do the juxtapositions of time because the way academic storytelling would tell you is that there are flash-forwards and flashbacks. But the reality is the whole essence of the book is that the character is unstuck in time. Unstuck in time. So you do the implications of what that means, but you are really going into pushing narrative. You’re not watching a flashback and you’re not watching a flash-forward.
Pretty promising sounding. You can already tell he’s thought it over time and time again!
Slaughterhouse-Five follows a man who is captured by Germans and put in an old slaughterhouse with other POWs. Eventually, the man is kidnapped by a race of aliens who know all things past and present but can’t change them. Think Dr. Manhattan!
There’s not a clue what Guillermo will actually do after The Hobbit films, but as you can tell, there’s so many options with this one, his recently in-the-news take on Frankenstein, his take on Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, the third film after The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy 3!
Ah, it’s a good time to love Guillermo del Toro. A very bad time to know all of the amazing things there are and how long it will probably be before we actually see them.