There some debate whether her work is science-fiction, or as she claims, “speculative fiction.” But no matter which way you may go in that discussion, one thing is for certain: Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam television series isn’t happening.
At least not on HBO.
The cable channel has taken a pass on the project in development by Black Swan and Requiem For a Dream director Darren Aronofsky. But, at least according to Vulture, Aronofsky isn’t giving up on turning Atwood’s dystopian trilogy to life on the small screen, saying the series is “all written.”
“We are working hard on it, and trying to figure it out. We are still in play.”
Aronofsky had even enlisted Joss Whedon’s sister-in-law, Eliza Clark, to help adapt the series to television. The sister of Spencer Treat Clark (the young freckled boy you might remember from Gladiator and Unbreakable) and the wife of writer Zack Whedon, Clark’s writing credits include the short-lived AMC series Rubicon as well as The Killing, Extant, and more recently, Animal Kingdom.
“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 10-episode series was really challenging. It is such a massive, amazing piece, and we’re just trying to find it the right home.”
Where that might be, we’ll have to wait a bit longer.
The MaddAddam series was based on Atwood’s books that started with 2003’s Oryx and Crake, set in a post-apocalyptic future focused on a character named Snowman who encounters humans – something that is rare in this world. The second and third books, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam actually follow the same timeline, but provide the story from different perspectives.
Atwood’s most famous book probably is The Handmaid’s Tale, which she published in 1985 and watched get adapted into a 1990 movie starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall. Hulu is planning a television adaptation starring Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley and Joseph Fiennes, which will debut next year.
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