Say this about Noah Hawley: He is not afraid of taking on intimidating projects. After turning the Coen Brothers’ classic Fargo into one of the best series on television (and again, think of the face you made way back when you heard someone was making a Fargo series with no involvement from the Coens), he has another project based on a work from a widely respected creator lined up: A limited series for FX based on the Kurt Vonnegut 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle.
If you aren’t familiar with the book, Amazon — where you can buy it — describes it thusly:
Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.
It’s worth noting again how terrific Fargo has been through one and a half seasons. And it’s also worth noting that Hawley and FX have put together two pretty remarkable casts so far. So if you’re a fan of Vonnegut’s work and wanted to take this opportunity to, say, dream cast this limited series, you might end up hitting one square on the nose.