Kurt Vonnegut's 'Cat's Cradle' in development for television

Will the extravagant humor of Kurt Vonnegut's 'Cat's Cradle' work on TV?

Kurt Vonnegut's 1963 classic "Cat's Cradle" is being adapted for television screens by IM Global Television.

"'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," company co-founder Mark Stern told The Wrap.

Stern previously spent 11 years at Syfy, where the series produced under his tenure included "Battlestar Galactica."

In "Cat's Cradle," a writer tracks down the three children of Felix Hoenikker, fictional father of the atomic bomb, and discovers they've all taken his next invention, Ice-9, as their inheritance. Ice-9 freezes at room temperature and threatens to be the end of the world as we know it.

Vonnegut told the story "with extravagant irreverence," a Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote in 1963, with "a nihilistic good humor and the awareness that laughter is a more potent weapon of offense than vituperation."

Vonnegut's work adapted for the screen has produced mixed results. "Slaughterhouse-Five," directed by George Roy Hill and released in 1972, was widely praised, winning the Jury Prize at Cannes plus a Hugo Award and a Saturn Award. However, 1999's "Breakfast of Champions," which starred Bruce Willis and Albert Finney is often characterized as a "misfire," earning just a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Yet interest in Vonnegut remains high. In March, a four-week campaign to complete the documentary "Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time" successfully concluded on Kickstarter, raising more than $300,000 from 3,755 backers -- affectionately called "Vonne-nuts."

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