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More of Margaret Atwood is coming to TV with MaddAddam adaptation

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Jan 24, 2018

After the rousing success of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu, more of Margaret Atwood's works are being adapted for the small screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While no network is yet attached, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content will be turning Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy of Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013) into a TV series.

In the vein of books such as Stephen King's The Stand, Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain, and Max Brooks' World War Z, Atwood's trilogy takes place in a world overtaken by a virulent plague that has wiped out a good portion of humanity. In a future of seedy corporations, earth-altering floods, and genetic engineering, the three MaddAddam installments deal with the end of the world as we know it while putting their own unique spin on the apocalypse genre as the planet's last people struggle for survival. 

"We're thrilled to be bringing MaddAddam trilogy to television. The worlds of Oryx & CrakeThe Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam beautifully illustrate the extraordinary range of Margaret Atwood’s imagination and go deeply afield in time and global evolution presenting fascinating opportunities to dramatize the wildest vision of the future ever shown on television," David Kanter and Bard Dorros of Anonymous Content said in a joint statement.

As for Atwood, she's excited about the prospect of another adaptation, saying in a statement she was impressed by the "stunning visual presentation" the creative team put together, to tease what they had in the works.