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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Television Adaptation of THE HANDMAID'S TALE

Last week, there was an announcement that Hulu, an American online company and streaming service, will be screening a 10-episode drama series based on the award-winning, best-selling novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Elisabeth Moss will play Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead.  Enslaved by a society that values only her fertility, Offred must find a way to survive in this world of oppression and swift, cruel punishments.

Atwood will serve as consulting producer for the show, which was given a straight-to-series order by the online television streaming service.  ‘I am thrilled that MGM and Hulu are developing The Handmaid’s Tale as a series, and extra thrilled that the very talented Elisabeth Moss will be playing the central character.  The Handmaid's Tale is more relevant now than when it was written, and I am sure the series will be watched with great interest.  I have read the first two scripts and they are excellent; I can hardly wait to see the finished episodes,’ said Atwood (http://www.hulu.com/press/posts/hulu-announces-straight-to-series-order-for-the-handmaid-s-tale-from-mgm-television).

The series will go into production later this year and will premiere on Hulu in 2017.  Unfortunately, Hulu is not available in Canada!