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Darren Aronofsky’s MaddAddam Is ‘All Written,’ But Not Moving Forward at HBO

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Fans of Margaret Atwood’s novel “MaddAddam” were more than psyched when it was announced that an adaptation was coming to HBO (with Darren Aronofsky at that!). Unfortunately, they must have their hopes dashed once more. News broke last week that her critically acclaimed novel has been cancelled at HBO.

An HBO rep confirmed to Vulture recently that they would not be developing the series based on Atwood’s trilogy of books, Oryx and CrakeYear of the Flood, and MaddAddam. 

But don’t give up hope yet! Despite losing its home at HBO, Aronofsky isn’t giving up on his project just yet. At a New York Film Festival event last week, Aronofsky told Vulture the series “is all written. We are working hard on it, and trying to figure it out.” He said, “We are still in play.”

He also added,

“We just went with the best writer. Her work is amazing. It was interesting to see how her brain worked and processed to bring it all into a cohesive universe. Figuring out how to focus it into a ten-episode series was really challenging. It is such a massive, amazing piece, and we are just trying to find the right home.”

Elisabeth Moss to Star in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Series

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Hulu announced this week their plans to adapt “The Handmaid’s Tale” into a series and Elisabeth Moss will star in the leading role. The series is based on the award-winning, best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood.

The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead — all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

Moss, known for her roles in “Top of the Lake” and “Mad Men” will play Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. Enslaved by a society that values only her fertility, Offred must find a way to survive in this world of oppression and swift, cruel punishments.

The series will be created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller, with Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Warren Littlefield serving as executive producers.

Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu, said,

“Hulu has established itself as a home for blockbuster television events and what better way to expand our originals offering than with a series based on this acclaimed, best-selling novel. Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ was seen as ahead of its time and we look forward to bringing it to life on our platform.”

Atwood also commented on the project saying,

“I am thrilled that MGM and Hulu are developing ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ as a series, and extra thrilled that the very talented Elisabeth Moss will be playing the central character. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is more relevant now than when it was written, and I am sure the series will be watched with great interest. I have read the first two scripts and they are excellent; I can hardly wait to see the finished episodes.”

Atwood will serve as Consulting Producer for the series, which will debut its first season on Hulu in 2017.

 

Darren Aronofsky to Bring Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy to HBO

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Darren Aronofsky is heading to HBO with the miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s trilogy “MaddAddam.” Aronofsky could also be planning to direct as well.

“MaddAddam” was initially published in 2003. It is “speculative fiction” trilogy that first began with “Oryx and Crake”. It was followed by “The Year of the Flood” in 2009 and “MaddAddam” in 2013. “Oryx and Cake” is officially described as follows:

The narrator of Atwood’s riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, who think of him as a kind of monster, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes – into his own past, and back to Crake’s high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

Aronofsky is set to produce through his Protozoa Pictures alongside Brandi-Ann Milbradt and Ari Handel. Atwood herself is attached to serve as consulting producer.