Darren Aronofsky will be adapting Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam, with an eye to possibly direct it as an HBO series. The novel is a re-imagining of Earth after a horrific flood (familiar, right?).
Aronofsky will serve as executive producer and possibly director on the project, adapted from the Margaret Atwood “speculative fiction” trilogy Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood and MaddAddam, published from 2003 to 2013. The story 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 wiped 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.
Bringing in a large cast of characters would seem astute for a television series versus a feature length film and Aronofsky already has plenty of practice with floods. The critics may have been split, and reports of a slightly troubled production earned some ink, the bottom line is that the final numbers on Noah were actually pretty good. The movie has earned $345 million worldwide, the director’s most successful to date.
in January, Aronofsky signed a three year “first look” deal with New Regency / HBO to develop TV and movie projects for them, so it would be safe to say this will be the first of several (hopefully) projects from the director. His tonal flare would bring the psychological devastation of the Canadian author’s prose to life, not to mention some balls-to-the-walls visuals – just watch Noah‘s melding of biblical narrative and giant rock monsters.
Author Margaret Atwood said of the upcoming series in an email to the National Post:
“I’ve met with Darren’s team, we’ve traded many ideas, we’ve started building out the structure…Not simple! We are all very involved and excitement is running high.”
No word yet on a possible broadcast date for the series but HBO has pushed the project into production.
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