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Darren Aronofsky bringing MaddAddam book trilogy to HBO

06.04.2014

HBO is moving forward with a TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's futuristic sci-fi book series MADDADDAM. Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky is set to executive produce while possibly taking a turn at directing the series. Atwood will serve as a consulting producer on the project.

Here is more on the trilogy, ORYX AND CAKE, YEAR OF THE FLOOD, and MADDADDAM:

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 wipes 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.

Aronofsky has had major success with his last few projects like THE WRESTLER, BLACK SWAN and this year’s NOAH. I see no better place for his skill creatively then at HBO where they tend to go for quality first. I’ve never read the dystopian trilogy but it definitely fits a trend of recent releases we are seeing in theaters; the future is bleak, we get it. Being a fellow Canadian I can tell you that Atwood is a treasure in these parts so all I have is possible bias reviews, but these books are supposed to be awesome.

Has anyone read the series? Do you think it will adapt well to television?

Source: Deadline

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5:24PM on 06/05/2014

amazing books

These books are awesome... some of my favorite. Especially Oryx and Crake. Would make for a good HBO series if done right. Aronofsky is probably a good choice. They're pretty dark and bleak. Smooveluv below is right though, has to be the right balance of past and present. What is awesome about the books is how they loop around and characters show up in other characters' stories. Highly recommended!
These books are awesome... some of my favorite. Especially Oryx and Crake. Would make for a good HBO series if done right. Aronofsky is probably a good choice. They're pretty dark and bleak. Smooveluv below is right though, has to be the right balance of past and present. What is awesome about the books is how they loop around and characters show up in other characters' stories. Highly recommended!
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7:14AM on 06/05/2014

They would be good if they strike the right balance

A lot of the mythology of what caused society to be at the brink before it collapses is left barely mentioned. I think a miniseries or single season series would have to address some of that. I don't think reorganizing things to make the narrative chronological would help the narrative. I would actually maybe even mix it up more, and put elements of the 3rd book into the beginning.
A lot of the mythology of what caused society to be at the brink before it collapses is left barely mentioned. I think a miniseries or single season series would have to address some of that. I don't think reorganizing things to make the narrative chronological would help the narrative. I would actually maybe even mix it up more, and put elements of the 3rd book into the beginning.
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11:49PM on 06/04/2014

what?

A waterless flood? I will have to read this now.
A waterless flood? I will have to read this now.
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11:53PM on 06/04/2014
LMAO, I was thinking the same thing. How is that even possible?
LMAO, I was thinking the same thing. How is that even possible?
7:12AM on 06/05/2014
It's a plague. The "waterless flood" is a reference made by a religious group.
It's a plague. The "waterless flood" is a reference made by a religious group.
8:46PM on 06/04/2014
o la la that sounds tasty
o la la that sounds tasty
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7:26PM on 06/04/2014
This just immediately jumped to the top of my Most Anticipated list. HBO, Aronofsky & Atwood? Yes, please.
But speaking of Atwood, I'm still waiting (im)patiently for SOMEONE to adapt her masterpiece "The Handmaid's Tale," either as a movie or a TV show. Brilliant, brilliant stuff right there.
This just immediately jumped to the top of my Most Anticipated list. HBO, Aronofsky & Atwood? Yes, please.
But speaking of Atwood, I'm still waiting (im)patiently for SOMEONE to adapt her masterpiece "The Handmaid's Tale," either as a movie or a TV show. Brilliant, brilliant stuff right there.
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11:44PM on 06/04/2014
It was adapted in 1990 with Natasha Richardson in the lead, but I think it is ripe for a remake.
It was adapted in 1990 with Natasha Richardson in the lead, but I think it is ripe for a remake.
7:26PM on 06/04/2014
Aronofsky sure does enjoys his stories with floods.
Aronofsky sure does enjoys his stories with floods.
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6:56PM on 06/04/2014
I read all three of these in college. Atwood is very good at that writing thing. Aronofsky doing these makes me very happy. I'm in.
I read all three of these in college. Atwood is very good at that writing thing. Aronofsky doing these makes me very happy. I'm in.
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6:53PM on 06/04/2014

I really enjoyed the books

I think they would adapt well, but very curious if they will approach it chronologically. Although published in the order pictured above, they actually go in order 2-1-3 as far as when they take place. No big deal really but seeing Aronofsky's name on this just gave me a boner.
I think they would adapt well, but very curious if they will approach it chronologically. Although published in the order pictured above, they actually go in order 2-1-3 as far as when they take place. No big deal really but seeing Aronofsky's name on this just gave me a boner.
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