Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle to Be Developed Into a TV Show

Friday, 01 May 2015 - 10:30AM
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Friday, 01 May 2015 - 10:30AM
Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle to Be Developed Into a TV Show
IM Global Television has optioned the rights to Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut's widely acclaimed fourth novel. It's really more surrealist satire than sci-fi, but the plot has several sci-fi elements and it was nominated for a Hugo Award, so we feel justified in putting it under the umbrella of geek culture.

Cat's Cradle follows a man who's writing a book about what important people were doing when America bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki when he becomes involved with the children of Felix Hoenikker, a fictional co-creator of the atomic bomb. In the process, he comes into contact with the mysterious cult of Bokononism, and eventually learns of the existence of a substance called ice-nine, which freezes water at room temperature and has the potential to destroy all life on Earth. The book satirizes science, technology, and religion in equal measure, but particularly lampoons the nuclear arms race.

In addition to its nomination at the Hugo Awards, Cat's Cradle also received effusive praise from critics, with Theodore Sturgeon saying, "this is an annoying book and you must read it. And you better take it lightly, because if you don't you'll go off weeping and shoot yourself." Vonnegut himself was also proud of the work, citing it as his best novel (tied with Slaughterhouse Five) and giving it an "A+" grade.

There are very few details about the show as of now, although the studio is searching for a "high-level showrunner" to help develop the series. Oscar-nominated producer Bradley Yonover (who was also responsible for Swimfan, no big deal) and Sandi Love will serve as executive producers.

Via AV Club.
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