Darren Aronofsky Will Adapt Margaret Atwood’s “MaddAddam” for HBO


Darren Aronofsky, Margaret Atwood sci-fi and HBO? It’s hard to imagine a better combination for a potential show, and it seems it’s time to start getting excited about yet another upcoming program on the pay channel.

Aronofsky is set to executive produce MaddAddam for HBO, based on the science fiction trilogy by Margaret Atwood which spans the books Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood and MaddAddam. Naturally, it’s a post-apocalyptic tale, though one far stranger than many before it. From Deadline:

“The story in the MaddAddam books, part of Atwood’s self-described genre of “speculative fiction,” is set in the mid-21st century in a world where corporations have taken over for governments and the genetic modification of organisms is perversely ubiquitous. It centers on the events before and after a Waterless Flood that wipes out almost all of the world’s population and follows an extensive cast of characters, including those responsible for the apocalypse and those struggling to survive it.”

I’ve read Oryx and Crake and found it to be quite an interesting take on the genre, though I genuinely didn’t realize it was part of a trilogy, because it seemed to end rather definitively in my eyes. From what I saw, however, I think it would be fascinating to see on the screen, and Aronofsky has shown he can take any story and make it interesting (Black Swan, Noah, etc). Granted, he’s just EP, but hopefully he’ll have a heavy hand in production. Look forward to this one.

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Paul Tassi In addition to writing for TVOvermind, Paul has contributed to major publications such as Forbes. He's a video game expert as well as TV and Movie guy.
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