Hollywood has recently caught a taste for the works of Canadian dystopic author Margaret Atwood. Fresh off five Emmy wins for Hulu’s Atwood adaptation The Handmaid’s Tale, Deadline is reporting that Paramount TV—formerly Spike—has acquired the rights to three more of Atwood’s depressingly apt novels about humanity’s tendency toward self-destruction: Oryx And Crake, The Year Of The Flood, and MaddAddam, together known as The MaddAddam Trilogy.
The three books take multiple perspectives on the same destroyed world, wiped out in a fit of plague, corporate control, and depressive violence. For years, the bestselling books were in the hands of HBO, with Darren Aronofsky attempting to adapt them to TV; the project has now been taken over by a team of producers that include David Kanter, of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and Linda Carlson, of Netflix’s recent Five Came Back.
Atwood expressed her enthusiasm for the new production, saying, “I am very happy with the vision described to me by Angus, Kent, David, Bard and Amy, as well as the stunning visual presentation they put together. I very much look forward to working with them.”