Deadline is reporting that MGM and Hulu are in talks with The Handmaid’s Tale showrunner Bruce Miller about developing Margaret Atwood’s sequel novel The Testaments for TV as a followup series.
The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state, and is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate. In a desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world, the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude. One of these women, Offred, is determined to survive the terrifying world she lives in, and find the daughter that was taken from her.
The Testament’s is set fifteen years after the conclusion of The Handmaid’s Tale’s novel and is narrated by three female characters, with the novel set to be published next week on the 10th September.
Steve Stark, President of Television Production at MGM, released a statement saying:
Margaret Atwood is a literary icon who continues to delight and challenge readers through her provocative and compelling prose. She has been an incredible creative partner and resource to MGM throughout the production of Handmaid’s and we look forward to working with her on the story’s exciting next chapter.
Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President of Originals at Hulu added:
Margaret Atwood is one of the visionary storytellers of her generation. From her award-winning poetry, short-stories and novels, Margaret has continually pushed boundaries and broken barriers to bring innovative stories to life.
The Handmaid’s Tale stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley and Bradley Whitford.