Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic of futuristic dystopian fiction. Set in the Republic of Gilead, it tells the tail of Offred, a woman who lives through the rise of religious fascism in the former United States, and is subject to a social order designed to stringently oppress women. A quintessential piece of feminist literature, it has already been adapted into a roundly disliked 1990 feature film starring Faye Dunaway, Natasha Richardson and Robert Duvall.
However, Hulu announced this morning that they are taking another crack at creating a live-action adaptation. Set to star Mad Men alum Elizabeth Moss as Offred, the series will be 10 episodes long, and will be released in 2017. Bruce Miller (The 100) is the writer and executive producer, alongside Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Warren Littlefield.
The head of content at Hulu, Craig Erwich, released this statement regarding the adaptation:
Hulu has established itself as a home for blockbuster television events and what better way to expand our originals offering than with a series based on this acclaimed, best-selling novel.
This will be Hulu’s third ongoing scripted series, in addition to The Path and Chance.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter