While Dan Harmon has made a name for himself through comedic shows like Rick and Morty and Community, the writer is now turning his sights to the stars. According to Variety, Harmon is working with longtime 24 producer Evan Katz to bring Kurt Vonnegut’s 1959 novel The Sirens of Titan to the small screen for Universal Cable Productions. It’s not yet clear which UCP network the show is headed to.
Upon first glance, this would seem virtually impossible. Vonnegut’s strange, sci-fi tale of an interplanetary war between Mars and Earth isn’t one that seems adaptable to any other medium. The show will follow the novel’s main character, Malachi Constant, who is the richest man in the world. He believes he’s been blessed by some divine spark. Throughout the story, Malachi travels from Mercury to Mars to Earth and, ultimately, to Saturn’s moon, Titan. In a sentence that makes no sense, much of Constant’s travels are directly attributed to a man named Winston Niles Rumfoord, who hops around through space and time thanks to his entering a chrono-synclastic infundibulum and subsequently creating the “Church of God the Utterly Indifferent.” In short, the story is insane, and it’s likely that any TV adaptation would be similarly off-beat and strange.
Maybe Harmon is the right guy for this after all.