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Guillermo Del Toro stacks adaptations of Frankenstein and Slaughterhouse Five onto his brimming plate of projects

07.08.2013

With his latest opus about to hit theaters this week, PACIFIC RIM helmer Guillermo Del Toro is once again talking about the projects he'd like to tackle in the future, including his long-gestating take on FRANKENSTEIN with Benedict Cumberbatch and a new adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE with a script by none other than Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH). Speaking to Daily Telegraph, Del Toro talked at length about both adaptations, indicating that he'd like Cumberbatch, who will co-star in his next feature, CRIMSON PEAK, to play the monster in FRANKENSTEIN and that he's already spoken to Kaufman about SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE:

"Charlie [Kaufman] and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book. I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians [the aliens of 'Slaughterhouse-Five'] -- 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!"

Cumberbatch has played the monster in the stage adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN directed by Danny Boyle, so it's not too hard to see why he'd be interested in the actor for the part. With a slate that's nearly impossible to maintain, Del Toro has got a lot of balls in the air, including the FX show The Strain, a stop-motion PINNOCHIO, his gothic feature CRIMSON PEAK, a new Incredible Hulk TV show, the DC comics JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK pic, and the much-desired, but long stalled adaptation of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. I love the guy's ambition, but hot damn, it may be time to slow down that ol' five year plan. If PACIFIC RIM is a hit, then you can stack a sequel onto that slate as well, which makes for a dizzying amount of work for one man to handle.

PACIFIC RIM hits theaters this Friday, July 12, 2013.

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3:59PM on 07/09/2013

Slaughter House Five

He needs a break from all the horror stuff and do a funny light scifi flick like Slaughter House 5, with Kaufman writing the script it'll probably be great.
He needs a break from all the horror stuff and do a funny light scifi flick like Slaughter House 5, with Kaufman writing the script it'll probably be great.
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2:53PM on 07/09/2013
I actually think Cumberbatch would make a great Dr. Frankenstein.
I actually think Cumberbatch would make a great Dr. Frankenstein.
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6:24AM on 07/09/2013
Hellboy 3! Hellboy 3!! Hellboy 3!!!
Hellboy 3! Hellboy 3!! Hellboy 3!!!
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5:25AM on 07/09/2013
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS with Tom cruise
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS with Tom cruise
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5:24AM on 07/09/2013
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS with Tom cruise
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS with Tom cruise
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11:57PM on 07/08/2013

I have 3 words for GdT:

Please do Justice League Dark first because we really really want to see it and you're the only one that can do it how it needs to be done and cast Charlie Hunam as John Constantine...

Okay, so I had 36 words, whatever...
Please do Justice League Dark first because we really really want to see it and you're the only one that can do it how it needs to be done and cast Charlie Hunam as John Constantine...

Okay, so I had 36 words, whatever...
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9:52PM on 07/08/2013
The world can do without another Frankenstein telling. Hellboy 3 or At The Mountains of Madness, especially directed by Del Toro, would be way more interesting.
The world can do without another Frankenstein telling. Hellboy 3 or At The Mountains of Madness, especially directed by Del Toro, would be way more interesting.
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9:33PM on 07/08/2013
Ron Perlman as Frankenstein's Monster. Please?

Gotta agree with Half though: I want Justice League Dark to take priority for him after Crimson Peak. That, or a third Hellboy.
Ron Perlman as Frankenstein's Monster. Please?

Gotta agree with Half though: I want Justice League Dark to take priority for him after Crimson Peak. That, or a third Hellboy.
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9:29PM on 07/08/2013
I really hope Doug Jones ends up getting the role of the monster. Cumberbatch is awesome, but I feel like Jones could embody the physicality of the creature to a much greater degree.
I really hope Doug Jones ends up getting the role of the monster. Cumberbatch is awesome, but I feel like Jones could embody the physicality of the creature to a much greater degree.
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12:54PM on 07/09/2013
I might have agreed with you if I hadn't seen the stage version. Cumberbatch, for much of the beginning of his role, is stripped of any meaningful vocality. All he has is physicality, and he's phenomenal. His "birth" scene left me shaking. I really wish the stage version, which was filmed pretty well, would just get released already on DVD so people could see it.
I might have agreed with you if I hadn't seen the stage version. Cumberbatch, for much of the beginning of his role, is stripped of any meaningful vocality. All he has is physicality, and he's phenomenal. His "birth" scene left me shaking. I really wish the stage version, which was filmed pretty well, would just get released already on DVD so people could see it.
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9:02PM on 07/08/2013
Justice League Dark baby!!
Justice League Dark baby!!
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8:56PM on 07/08/2013
It's my understanding that Doug Jones is first choice to play the monster. It would make sense as they've worked together so much and Doug has expressed a desire to play that role.
It's my understanding that Doug Jones is first choice to play the monster. It would make sense as they've worked together so much and Doug has expressed a desire to play that role.
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