In November, Kurt Vonnegut fans were overjoyed because FX was teasing about bringing a Cat’s Cradle adaptation series to their network via a new deal with producer Noah Hawley.
It was easy for fans to be excited because Noah Hawley says things like “I want to be the guy who got Vonnegut right,” when discussing his current book reading list, according to NY Post.
Interestingly, if past news reports are interpreted correctly, Noah Hawley is already working on Legion and Fargo, and this means he has completed two out of three of his promises he initially made to FX. Hawley’s last untouched project is a television adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.
In other words, Noah Hawley being in the process of casting for Legion and already taking on Fargo at full scale means that an update about an FX adaptation of Cat’s Cradle is surely on the horizon in the next months.
Furthermore, the AV Club stated on December 10, 2015, that Noah Hawley would be adding a fourth and fifth project to his presumed 2016 FX workload after Cat’s Cradle. The new projects include Hot Rock and Hellhound On His Trail.
On November 19, 2015, Blasr was one of the first to report that Noah Hawley had struck a deal with FX to continue into season 3 of Fargo, make a TV movie called Legion and then go on to do an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.
Since that time, the only updates about the television series are from fans of Kurt Vonnegut and Noah Hawley’s that think he will do an excellent job with the adaptation of Cat’s Cradle.
For example, Paste Magazine writes on November 19, 2015, “With themes from science fiction, romance, family drama and spirituality, the novel gives Noah Hawley quite a bit to work with for a [‘Cat’s Cradle’] mini-series.”
On the other hand, there are some critics that fear that Cat’s Cradle might hit the back burner because an adaptation might be difficult for anyone, including Noah Hawley.
Inverse makes an argument that Cat’s Cradle is a difficult book to make an adaptation from, and reported the following on December 1, 2015.
“[L]ike the work of Philip K. Dick, and many other esoteric and complex sci-fi or literary works with a touch of the postmodern, Vonnegut’s usually outlandish vistas and half-logics present a lot of automatic challenges for film and television directors.”
Obviously, anyone doing an adaptation of a book like Cat’s Cradle might need some intellectual help, but this wealth of knowledge might be limited for Noah Hawley. For example, a potential Cat’s Cradle expert, Warren Manzi, a former director of Kurt Vonnegut plays, died around February 15, according to the Daily Mail.
In the end, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, when FX and FOX make a deal with a producer, the promises are usually fulfilled. For example, Entertainment Weekly recently pointed out that the ratings for Scream Queens did not necessarily matter because the show is part of a package deal with Ryan Murphy that also includes his other show American Horror Story.
For fans looking for future updates for Cat’s Cradle, there is a chance they will appear when Noah Hawley is at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas from June 9 to 12, according to EW.
As for the pressure surrounding the Cat’s Cradle project, Kurt Vonnegut gives advice to Noah Hawley and all writers from the grave. In an article about Kurt Vonnegut’s wisdom on writing, the Huffington Post highlights that Cat’s Cradle was the novel that served as his dissertation for an honorary Master’s Degree.
They also claim the secret to Vonnegut’s success was patience and reprinted the following quote.
“We have discovered that writing allows even a stupid person to seem halfway intelligent, if only that person will write the same thought over and over again, improving it just a little bit each time. It is a lot like inflating a blimp with a bicycle pump. Anybody can do it. All it takes is time.”
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