An adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel “Slaughterhouse-Five” is in development at Epix, an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.
The potential series hails from Universal Cable Productions and Syfy’s “Happy!” showrunner, Patrick Macmanus.
Vonnegut’s novel tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a World War 2 soldier who becomes “unstuck in time” and travels back and forth through his past, present and future. “Slaughterhouse-Five” explores the idea of predestination versus free will, the effects of war, and our perception of time.
Macmanus will write and executive produce, along with Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Entertainment, Jon Brown for Ensemble Entertainment and Bradley Yonover under the Brand Y Media banner. Emmy-nominated “Handmaid’s Tale” director Kari Skogland will sit behind the camera for he project.
If the adaptation is ordered to series, it would not be the first attempt to bring the book to the screen. A 1972 film version starred Michael Sacks as Billy Pilgrim.
Variety first reported the development news.
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