Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios has announced plans to publish a graphic novel remake of Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five, an EX-X-XVLUSIVE report on Publishers Weekly revealed Wednesday. Ryan North will write the adaptation, with art by Albert Monteys and colors by Ricard Zaplana, and the book is set for September release.
A lot of people complain about remakes, but just as it makes sense in Hollywood when cinematic technology has advanced to a point where a classic film can be remade with more explosions and CGI to enhance the experience, so does it make the same sense in the world of publishing. Back when Slaughterhouse-Five was first published, comic book technology was in its infancy and graphic novels hadn't been invented yet. As a result, Vonnegut was forced to publish his book in a format containing only words, without pictures.
But now that comics have been properly gentrified, it's time for Vonnegut's work to enter the modern era.
North, the Baz Luhrmann of comics, said of the project:
Kurt Vonnegut has been one of my favorite writers since I first read his books decades ago, and it's been such an honor—and challenge—to adapt his most famous work for a new medium.
No word on whether BOOM! will also remake the original Slaughterhouse or its subsequent three sequels, Slaughterhouse-Two, Slaughterhouse-Three, and Slaughterhouse-Four, but they've got to start somewhere and the fifth installment is as good a place as any.