authors | May 01, 2016

From Page to Screen: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale Hits Hulu in 2017

On Friday, Hulu announced that it will be adapting Margaret Atwood’s seminal 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale into a 10-episode series, set to air sometime in 2017. Elisabeth Moss—best known for her role on AMC’s Mad Men—will star as Offred, while Bruce Miller of The 100 fame will direct.

The series has already received a torrent of press: Forbes thinks it's a step in the right direction for the Netflix competitor, Slate praises its timeliness, while The Guardian asks important questions about its director. Atwood will join the show as a consulting producer.

The Handmaid’s Tale is what Atwood calls “speculative fiction”; set in a near-future theocratic dictatorship, it imagines a society in which women are mere property, reduced to purely reproductive roles. Offred is one such woman, a “handmaid” who is forced into the servitude of a high-ranking government official. Winner of the 1985 Governor General’s Award, and the inaugural 1987 Arthur C. Clarke Award, The Handmaid’s Tale is an icon of postmodern dystopian fiction.

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