BBC America announced the channel is in talks with Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Annapurna Television to develop the limited series, Fever. It’s not yet greenlit… but, we’re on it and will let you know when the miniseries is confirmed.
In the meantime, here are the deets: Moss would star and executive produce the show, based on Mary Beth Keane‘s novel of the same name. Moss, in fact, holds the rights to the novel, which examines the first known carrier of typhoid fever, who landed in the history books as “Typhoid Mary.” Mary, unfortunately, started the spread of the highly contagious, extremely deadly, disease across 20th century New York City.
Moss released a statement about the pending project, saying, “I’m so honored to be working with the incredible team of collaborators we have pulled together with Phil (Morrison, director), Robin (Veith, screenwriter), BBC AMERICA and Annapurna.”
She clearly knows her stuff, giving us more background on Mary, saying: “I look forward to telling this story about one of the most infamous women in America, ‘Typhoid Mary,’ a woman whose true tale has never been told. She was an immigrant in turn of the century New York, a time of huge change and progress in America. She was incredibly unique, stubborn, ambitious and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing until her death where she lived out her days imprisoned on an island just off of the Bronx in NY. She is incredibly complicated, something I seem to enjoy playing.”
“Infamous,” “ambitious,” “complicated”… this does indeed sound a lot like another of Moss’s characters: the fictional Offred from the TV adaptation Margaret Atwood‘s dystopian novel.
Offred, incidentally, is also a badass — and so is Moss for that matter, which we talked about with the stellar actress on the red carpet of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Moss clearly has a type, and we’re totally rooting for her to play more of these complex roles. Let’s hope she channels all that straight-talking, badass energy into getting this fascinating passion project off the ground.
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