Guillermo del Toro Wants Benedict Cumberbatch for 'Frankenstiein,' Charlie Kaufman for 'Slaughterhouse-Five'

Guillermo del Toro

Legendary might have a bit of a buzz problem with Pacific Rim, but director Guillermo del Toro has already moved on to his next project. Or projects, as it were.

For the ever-busy del Toro, that currently means musing about some tantalizing possibilities, including helming a new version of Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead -- and adapting Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five from a new script penned by Charlie Kaufman.

Of course, del Toro being del Toro, all this is pure conjecture right now, and given that he perpetually has a half-dozen irons in the creative fire at any moment, there's every possibility that it'll never move anywhere beyond that stage. But because nobody floats tantalizing possibilities with as much flair as Guillermo, it's still well worth taking a look at his daydreams.

According to a recent profile piece in the Daily Telegraph (via the Playlist), del Toro still has his sights set on Frankenstein, a project he's pursued off and on for years -- even going so far as to line up Doug Jones for the role (and shoot test footage) back in 2009. While no one's giving any indication as to whether Cumberbatch would be available and/or interested, it's certainly intriguing to consider.

And then there are del Toro's thoughts regarding an adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut classic Slaughterhouse-Five. Saying he spoke with Kaufman for an hour and a half about the project, he continued, "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!"

In the meantime, del Toro will be gearing up for his next film, the gothic horror project Crimson Peak -- and, box office permitting, sketching out a Pacific Rim sequel. Don't hold your breath for Frankenstein or Slaughterhouse-Five, in other words...but then again, with del Toro, you never know.

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