Hulu has ordered a 10-part series adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s dystopian classic, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It’ll star Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss as Offred, the “handmaid” kept in sexual servitude in a near-future religious dictatorship called Gilead. Offred narrates the book as she tries to find the daughter stolen from her.
“The Handmaid’s Tale is a project that we have been committed to bringing to life as its story remains as powerful today as it did when Margaret first published her novel,” said Mark Burnett and Steve Stark of MGM, the production company behind the adaptation.
They certainly have a lot to live up to. The book captured the public’s imagination when it was first published in 1985, going on to win numerous awards and inspire a graphic novel, an opera, and a ballet, not to mention the 1990 movie starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and Downton Abbey‘s Elizabeth McGovern, with a screenplay by none other than Harold Pinter.
Not only that, but the prescience and savage satire of Atwood’s story means that its readers are often devoted. This casting should reassure them, however; in the year since Mad Men left our screens, Elisabeth has carved a niche for herself playing complex, troubled characters. She’s been seen brooding in SundanceTV’s mystery drama Top of the Lake and alongside Tom Hiddleston in High Rise, the movie version currently in theaters of J.G. Ballard‘s novel of the same name.
Not only that, but the script for this new version will be penned by Bruce Miller, whose credits include ER, Alphas and The 100, and supervised by Margaret Atwood herself.
We’ll have to wait until 2017 to see if this adaptation lives up to the book, but so far the signs are good.
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