Following a venture into Biblical territory with this year’s Noah, director Darren Aronofsky is heading to cable for a bit.
Deadline has word that HBO is developing a miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam book trilogy and Aronofsky is slated to executive produce by way of his own Protozoa Pictures banner, and he might end up directing as well. This will be the first project that spawns from Aronofsky’s first-look deal that he made with HBO in January.
The book trilogy began in 2003 with Oryz and Crake, continued in 2009 with Year of the Flood and concluded just last year with MaddAddam. The series has been described by Atwood herself as “speculative fiction,” which takes place in a not entirely unrealistic version of the distant future where corporations have taken over for governments and the genetic modification of organisms is perversely ubiquitous. Here’s the official synopsis for the first book in the series:
Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride.
Sounds pretty heady, but that’s not too surprising considering Aronofsky’s past work. The director is currently on the hunt for writers to adapt the books, and as of now, it’s not clear just how many installments will make up this miniseries. Obviously three would make sense, but maybe they’ll split the books in two for six episodes.
No matter how it’s divided, this sounds like a wholly unique sci-fi story that would be incredible in the hands of Aronofsky. Plus, it will be nice to have him direct something like this without any studio interference and fear of box office receipts. A network like HBO should give him free reign to do what he does best as opposed to how this would likely turn out if it was a feature film trilogy. The project is just now beginning development, so stay tuned for more information as we get it.
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