Pop Goes The News — It’s going to be a big year for Canadian author Margaret Atwood and her fans.
Just days after news that a miniseries based upon her novel Alias Grace will start shooting in Toronto in mid-August comes news that a series based upon The Handmaid’s Tale will begin production in the city in mid-September.
Atwood is a consulting producer of the series, which was created by Bruce Miller (The 100) for the U.S. streaming service Hulu. It will be shot in Toronto from Sept. 12 until the end of January.
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) will portray Offred, the titular handmaid in the oppressive totalitarian regime of Gilead, a dystopian society where women are treated as property.
“The Handmaid’s Tale is more relevant now than when it was written,” Atwood said in an April release from Hulu announcing the project, “and I am sure the series will be watched with great interest.”
The 76-year-old Ottawa-born, Toronto-based author said she has already read the scripts for the first two episodes — “and they are excellent.”
Published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale won the Governor General’s Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award and was nominated for a Nebula Award, Booker Prize and Prometheus Award.
The novel has been adapted for radio, opera, and theatre and, in 1990, was made into a movie starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and Aidan Quinn.
Atwood’s books Payback, The Robber Bride, The Sin Eater and Surfacing have also been adapted for screens.
The Handmaid’s Tale series is the second Atwood adaptation in the works in Toronto. As reported here, Alias Grace is being made into a miniseries by Sarah Polley.
The acclaimed Hulu mini-series 11.22.63 was made in Ontario last year.