Off the success of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s MADDADDAM trilogy of novels is being developed as a TV series, from Anonymous Content and Paramount TV, the companies announced Wednesday.
The project will be executive produced by Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Bard Dorros along with Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment’s Angus Wall, Linda Carlson and Kent Kubena. Maddaddam will be produced through the first look deal that Paramount TV and Anonymous Content recently signed with Rock Paper Scissors, which includes both scripted and unscripted content.
Atwood’s trilogy, comprised of three books – Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam, is described as a harrowing, cautionary, inspirational story of a global pandemic and the end of mankind, and the small group of survivors who are left to shepherd a new race to inherit the world. The series centers on Jimmy, a young boy disillusioned with the all-powerful corporations who rule civilization, whose best friend will develop the drug that wipes out humanity; Toby and Ren, two members of the cult “God’s Gardeners” who fight to survive on the margins of society; and Zeb, one of the founders of “God’s Gardeners.”
“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,” said Atwood in a statement.
Anonymous Content and Paramount TV most recently gained the rights to Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series of books and landed Bryan Fuller as an executive producer. The two companies are also behind Hulu’s Catch-22 miniseries from and starring George Clooney, as well as Netflix’s upcoming Cary Fukunaga series Maniac and the streaming network’s buzzy 13 Reasons Why, now in production on Season 2.
Linda Ge | TV Editor