Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have won a bidding war for the screen rights to “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Alias Grace” author Margaret Atwood’s “MaddAddam” novel trilogy with plans to develop it as a TV series.
The three books deal begins with a global pandemic leading to the end of most of mankind. A small group of survivors are left to shepherd a new race to inherit the world. The lead is Jimmy, a young boy disillusioned with the all-powerful corporations who rule civilization and whose best friend will develop the drug that wipes out humanity.
Darren Aronofsky was previously working on an adaptation at HBO, but that project fell apart and he’s not involved in the new take. David Kanter, Bard Dorros, Angus Wall, Linda Carlson and Kent Kubena will produce.