HBO Developing Darren Aronofsky's Post-Apocalyptic Drama MaddAddam

Cable TV is turning into a virtual Barnes & Noble.

HBO, home to based-on-books fare like Game of Thrones and the forthcoming The Leftovers, has put into development another  literary adaptation — this one helmed by Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, our sister site Deadline reports.

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MaddAddam is based on three Margaret Atwood novels — Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood and MaddAddam — and takes place in the mid-21st century, where corporations hold the power governments once wielded and genetic modification is the norm. The action takes place before and after a cataclysmic event that decimates the world’s population.

Aronofsky will executive-produce the drama through his Protozoa Pictures production company, alongside Brandi-Ann Milbrat and Ari Handel; Aronofsky also may direct.

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In related news, AMC on Monday announced plans to adapt Philipp Meyer’s novel The Son into a drama series. The book follows one Texas oil empire through its “bloody rise and fall,” per Deadline.

Meyer will exec-produce with Hemlock Grove‘s Lee Shipman, Brian McGreevy and Michael Connolly.



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  1. MrScreenAddict says:

    HBO, Darren Aronofsky, and Margaret Atwood, all at the same time?? Sign me up!

  2. but what about Open, why aren’t there any news?

  3. Brooke says:

    Woah, Margaret Atwood TV? My brain can’t even handle this awesomeness.

  4. bj says:

    Never thought I’d see the day. How great is that!

  5. Patti says:

    Love Margaret Atwood! Haven’t read this series yet but Surfacing and The Handmaid’s Tale are two of my favourite books. This is exciting news

  6. kath says:

    I thought “How could HBO steal Margaret Atwood’s title?” and then I read the article and realized it is her books.

    Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

  7. Bmass says:

    So… the guy that gave us the brilliant (ie, horrific gut punch) “Requiem For a Dream” adaptation is doing one of the best dystopian trilogy written in years? I’m glad I wore my brown pants to work when I read this. Seriously folks, given how eerily prescient the books seemed when I read them, we are probably about to get a treat on par with “Game of Thrones” deliciousness. If it’s treated well. I hope Aronofsky directs– at the very least– the first book’s climax. Still though, I’m on Team Hype with this, for sure.