Margaret Atwood’s long awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale is published on Tuesday September 10, and The Testaments is already nominated for the 2019 Booker Prize, and now we learn that Gilead will remain on our TV screens for a little bit longer.
Entertainment Weekly has reported that MGM TV and Hulu are already starting to develop a TV adaptation of the new novel which is set in a world 15 years after the events at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale. According to the report, Bruce Miller executive producer of the award winning TV version of the original novel will see how the events of The Testaments can fit as an extension to the hugely successful series starring Elisabeth Moss.
Even though the exact plot of The Testaments is not known, Atwood has left breadcrumbs to suggest that some elements of the new novel may already be being used for future episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, which will return for a fourth season. Speaking to EW Atwood said; “What I have given them, in the locked writers’ room that nobody’s allowed into — including me — is a whole new whiteboard and a bunch of new characters. The story of the characters in the show at the moment is left open, so it’s up to Bruce and the highly competent writing team as to how they get those people into position.”
Given the respectful way The Handmaid’s Tale has been treated by MGM TV and Hulu, and the huge worldwide success of the series it comes as no surprise that The Testaments is set for the same treatment.
Steve Stark, MGM’s president of television production said in a statement “Margaret Atwood is a literary icon who continues to delight and challenge readers through her provocative and compelling prose. 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.”
In addition, Hulu’s Craig Erwich, senior vice president of originals 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.”
The Testaments is published on September 10, and The Handmaid’s Tale will return to Hulu for a fourth season in 2020.