'Handmaid's Tale' Book Sequel Nabbed by Hulu, MGM

The Hollywood Reporter | 9/4/2019 | Jackie Strause
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Margaret Atwood’s follow-up to The Handmaid's Tale is coming to the screen.

MGM and Hulu announced Wednesday that they will develop The Testaments, the sequel to Atwood's best-selling 1985 dystopian novel. The studio and the streaming service — the latter is already home to The Handmaid's Tale — are currently in discussions with showrunner Bruce Miller about how the The Testaments can become "an important extension" to his Emmy-winning drama starring Elisabeth Moss.

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The Testaments, which publishes Sept. 10, picks up more than 15 years after the ambiguous ending of the original Handmaid’s Tale novel. The series, which recently wrapped its third season, has moved its story beyond the source material that drove the first season.

Hulu renewed the flagship series toward the end of the third season, which continued to expand the world of Atwood's novel. The season began in the immediate aftermath of June's (Moss) decision to remain in Gilead after giving her infant daughter to Emily (Alexis Bledel) to take to freedom in Canada. The third season ended with a controversial cliffhanger set to transform the series, an ending that Miller described in detail to The Hollywood Reporter as a "a huge, huge change." A return date for season four hasn't been set.

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Atwood revealed details about the project as part of a Time magazine cover story that published Wednesday. Instead of being told from the perspective of Offred, The Testaments will be narrated by three other women connected to Gilead: a young woman raised in the oppressive society; a Canadian teen who learns she was actually born there; and Aunt Lydia, the villain of both the novel and the series, who is played by Ann Dowd.

"They can’t keep Offred in Gilead for many more seasons, or a certain amount of wheel spinning will be going on," Atwood,...
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