If you enjoy laughing bitterly at the sad, stupid state of humanity, congratulations, you are about to get a present. This week, IM Global Television announced it will be bringing one of literature’s funniest dystopias to the small screen with a television series based on Kurt Vonnegut's Cat’s Cradle.
Reps from IM Global Television told The Hollywood Reporter that the project will be produced by Brad Yonover of Swimfan and Sandi Love, the brains behind the costumes for Friday the Thirteenth Part III. The production company’s co-founder Mark Stern told Hollywood Reporter, "Cat's Cradle is a true classic, not just in the science fiction genre, but in literature overall. We couldn’t be more honored or excited to adapt this seminal work for television.”
Cat’s Cradle is Vonnegut’s fourth novel, and it tells the story of a Nobel laureate physicist, a Caribbean island, a cult, and a new form of water that could destroy the world. In her Bustle review of literary dystopias, Gabrielle Moss wrote, “This book is extremely funny… but not so funny that you don’t end up wondering what potentially world-ending scientific innovations are being made in some lab, right now, while you read this and eat a Hot Pocket.” So, that's what you have to look forward to!
Released in 1963, Cat’s Cradle was a favorite of Vonnegut’s, according to A.V. Club. When Vonnegut decided to grade all of his work, it tied for first place next to Slaughterhouse-Five.
Since news the Cat’s Cradle is fresh out of the bag, the juicy details, such as when we might expect to watch said series and who will be starring in it, have yet to be released. IM Global Television did add that they have also procured the rights to Mists of Avalon author Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series.