Fantasy - Development 2020

Kurt Vonnegut, Reporter on the Afterlife are radio broadcasts about death that pays tribute to life. Vonnegut daringly makes multiple soul-searching trips down “the blue tunnel to the pearly gates” strapped to a gurney, in the name of public radio to interview the dearly and not so dearly departed.

    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Fantasy, TV Series, Comedy
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Writer(s)
    • Fredric KING
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Beloved iconoclast Kurt Vonnegut breaks another barrier, plunging through death’s door just long enough to interview the dearly (and not so dearly) departed, and then return to his weekly radio broadcast, reporting on the personalities and wisdom from the mouths of folks who have passed on.

      With a wink and a nod, the eight episode TV miniseries brings his Public Radio broadcast “Kurt Vonnegut, Reporter On The Afterlife” to the screen. Vonnegut imagines that he can make one last, great contribution to humanity through a series of “controlled near-death experiences” Vonnegut’s alter-ego Kilgore Trout, helps keep him honest and revealing the extent of his courage.
      The show stays true to the broadcast’s original aesthetic: Surrealism pervades, blending heaven and earth, blurring the lines between reality and dreams. As Vonnegut navigates through history, time and space, he encounters the notable deceased, as well as angels, demons, love interests, and the crotchety, bureaucratic Saint Peter, who strives to keep Vonnegut’s journalistic aspirations in check.

      Not one to give up easily, the writer emerges with terse, witty accounts about Music, Art, Science, Tolerance, Politics, Family, and Love. He talks with Isaac Asimov, Mary Shelley, James Earl Ray, Carla Faye Tucker, Eugene Debs, John Brown, Vivian Hallinan, Adolf Hitler, William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, and Louis Armstrong, among others.

      This provocative exploration of questions and answers about who and what we live for ultimately shines a light on the uplifting truth he embraced in life.
      “If this isn’t nice, what is?”