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Margaret Atwood Talks Adapting ‘MaddAddam’ Trilogy with Aronofsky and HBO

Margaret Atwood Talks Adapting 'MaddAddam' Trilogy with Aronofsky and HBO

Darren Aronofsky’s got another flood on his hands after this year’s “Noah”: he’s executive producing an HBO adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, set in the middle of the 21st century after a so-called Waterless Flood that nearly wipes all of humanity off the planet.

In the Canadian author’s trilogy–“Oryx and Crake,” “The Year of the Flood” and “MaddAddam”–corporations have replaced governments and genetic modification is all the rage.

As Vulture reported today in a conversation with the author, Atwood will be a consulting producer on the project, and has been a part of the extensive planning process to determine the show’s structure. But she has no plans to write an episode: “I’m too old,” she told the website.  “I think my role as a consultant is to stay alive until they finish it, so I can actually see it!”

When asked by Vulture’s Jennifer Vineyard about her series’ “wagging blue penises,” Atwood said that she doesn’t have any inside information on that, although the cable channel is of course well-known for its friendly attitude towards nudity.  In her interview, Vineyard throws out a few sample castings–Aaron Paul, Paul Dano, Anna Kendrick–to which Atwood amusedly replies, “This isn’t my generation.”

Atwood has a new short story collection titled “Stone Mattress” out this September, and Random House recently released the paperback of “MaddAddam.”  It’s unclear at this point if Aronofsky will direct the HBO adaptation, although it certainly seems like something he would be interested in.  

“MaddAddam” is the first project to come to fruition after Aronofsky signed a three-year first-look deal with HBO this January–his first foray into TV.  Aronofsky also signed a feature deal this year with New Regency, which partnered with Paramount Pictures to make “Noah.”

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