Dan Harmon is set to adapt Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut for television.
Harmon, who is famous for such comedic masterpieces as Community and Rick and Morty, should be right at home working with source material from Vonnegut. The story is set in the United States about one hundred years in the future, where Malachi Constant is the wealthiest man alive. He believes that he possesses extraordinary luck in all things he does, something he attributes to some sort of divine favor. It is this luck that allowed him to build his father’s fortune into the immense empire to which he now lays claim. Because of his money, and his borderline supernatural luck, Malachi ends up on an adventure through space in the midst of a fomenting interplanetary conflict. Along the way, he meets an array of eccentric characters and learns the bizarre truth behind his lifelong lucky streak, which has to do with the titular sirens of Titan.
Vonnegut’s novel, which was published in 1959, deals with free will and man’s place in the universe, a theme not unlike one of the most central concepts of Rick and Morty. In fact, Vonnegut’s love of mixing comedy with surprisingly genuine emotional conflict and existential nihilism fits with both of Harmon’s beloved series. If they are anything to go by, Sirens of Titan is something to be excited about.
Universal Cable Productions is behind signing Dan Harmon to the project, where he will be working side by side with Evan Katz of Small Crimes. Although Universal Cable Productions has confirmed their production of the project, they have not announced where the series will actually be airing. Considering the recent attempts to rebrand Syfy, the science-fiction channel is the most likely candidate, although NBC or USA would also be viable options.
What do you think? Are you excited for a new Dan Harmon project, or are you still holding out for the promised Community movie?