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04th Sep 2019

The sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale is already being turned into a TV show

Keeley Ryan

Hulu is developing a TV show about The Testaments, the sequel to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. 

The Testaments, which is due to be published on September 10, is due to take place 15 years after Offred’s final scene in the original novel.

It is told from the perspective of three other women who are connected to Gilead – and is set to be one of the most talked-about books of 2019.

Time report that the streaming service and MGM are talking to The Handmaid’s Tale’s Bruce Miller about how the highly anticipated book can be adapted for the screen.

They note that at the moment, it is not clear if The Testaments will be adapted as a separate series or folded into the existing show.

Steve Stark, President of Television Production at MGM, said [via Deadline]:

“Margaret Atwood is a literary icon who continues to delight and challenge readers through her provocative and compelling prose.

“She has been an incredible creative partner and resource to MGM throughout the production of Handmaid’s and we look forward to working with her on the story’s exciting next chapter.”

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Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President of Originals, Hulu, added:

“Margaret Atwood is one of the visionary storytellers of her generation. From her award-winning poetry, short-stories and novels, Margaret has continually pushed boundaries and broken barriers to bring innovative stories to life.”

The Testaments was first announced in November 2018. It was announced earlier this week that the book has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.