Fargo’s Noah Hawley is opening The Books of Bokonon as Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle heads to FX as a limited series!
“All the true things I’m about to tell you are shameless lies,” reads the first line of The Books of Bokonon, the fictitious religious text at the center of Kurt Vonnegut’s enduring 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle. The book, the fourth novel by Vonnegut, offers a satirical look at the human condition, framed against the story of a world-ending super weapon called Ice-Nine.
Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that a small screen adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut book is headed to FX with none other than Noah Hawley at the helm. Hawley is currently best known for his acclaimed FX series “Fargo,” which expands on the world of Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 Academy Award-winning feature film of the same name. It was also recently announced that Hawley is developing “Legion,” a FOX series based on the X-Men character who, in the comic book continuity, is the schizoid son of Professor Charles Xavier.
“My Bokonist warning is this,” Kurt Vonnegut writes as Cat’s Cradle‘s narrator, “Anyone unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either. So be it.”
In Cat’s Cradle, there’s a recurring notion regarding “harmless lies” (or “foma” in the Bokonist religion) and fans of “Fargo” are likely to draw some parallels there between both series. After all, every episode of the entirely fictional “Fargo” series opens with the same statement: “This is a true story.” Kurt Vonnegut’s introduction to Cat’s Cradle, meanwhile, begins “Nothing in this book is true.”
Noah Hawley is attached to both write and executive produce Cat’s Cradle with Brad Yonover and Sandi Love set as co-executive producers.
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