It's not even out yet but there are already plans for a TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's much-anticipated sequel to 'The Handmaid's Tale', entitled 'The Testaments'.
Due out on September 10th, 'The Testaments' comes 34 years after Atwood wrote 'The Handmaid's Tale' which of course has since been made into a successful TV series by Hulu. The sequel is set 15 years after the ending of the best-selling book and is narrated by three female characters.
The story will not be connected to the television adaptation of 'The Handmaid’s Tale', which has now gone beyond Atwood's novel to continue Offred’s story. However, MGM Television and Hulu are currently in talks with 'The Handmaid's Tale' showrunner Bruce Miller about how the upcoming novel can become an extension to the series, which has recently been picked up for a fourth season
"Margaret Atwood is a literary icon who continues to delight and challenge readers through her provocative and compelling prose," said Steve Stark, President of Television Production at MGM. "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."
While Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President of Originals at Hulu said, "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."
At least this means we may actually get some kind of conclusion to 'The Handmaid's Tale' TV series sometime soon. It's great and all, but there's only so much Gilead a viewer can take. Although who knows what kind of horrors Atwood has in store for us with 'The Testaments'. More will likely be revealed once the book is released next Tuesday.