Pop Goes The News — Four years after Sarah Polley announced she was adapting Margaret Atwood’s novel Alias Grace for the screen, cameras are scheduled to roll.
Alias Grace will be made into a six-hour miniseries from Aug. 15 to Nov. 15 in Toronto.
Polley told the Canadian Press in April she has been writing the screenplay “for a long time.” In 2012, she said the novel would be adapted for the big screen but, in 2014, announced it was headed for television.
The 37-year-old mother of two (with husband David Sandomierski) will also produce the miniseries, which will be directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho).
No casting details have been announced. Production will be based at Revival Studios.
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Alias Grace, published in 1996, won the Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Based on an actual 1843 case, it’s the story of a young housemaid convicted of killing her employer and his mistress.
Atwood’s book is in good hands. Polley earned an adapted screenplay Oscar nomination for bringing Alice Munro’s The Bear Came Over the Mountain into the 2006 drama Away From Her.
Atwood, 76, has previously seen her books Payback, The Robber Bride, The Sin Eater and Surfacing and The Handmaid’s Tale adapted for screens.
This article has been updated since it was first published.