HBO has ordered the development of a new series, based on Margret Atwood’s sci-fi trilogy ‘Oryx and Crake’, ‘Year of the Flood’, and ‘MaddAddam’. The “SciFi-Drama” series will be executive produced by Darren Aronofsky who directed/produced such films as ‘Noah’, ‘Black Swan’, and ‘The Wrestler’.
The book trilogy, from which the HBO series will be based, is best described as science/speculative-fiction meets adventure-romance. The books are set in a post-apocalyptic world, set in the mid-21st century.
The first book, ‘Oryx and Crake’ follows a character named Snowman, who is a hermit that is worshiped by a genetically created and enhanced humanoid type people. Snowman’s real name is Jimmy, and throughout the book the reader is shown, through flashbacks, how Jimmy and his friend, Glenn, who is later named Crake, lived in a world run by corporations with their employees living in super-compounds.
Atwood’s second book is titled ‘The Year of the Flood’, and details the events from ‘Oryx and Crake’ from the point of view of the lower class people known as God’s Gardeners. The Gardeners are devoted to preserving all plant and animal life in the mid-21st century, and predict the global disaster that all but wipes out humanity. The book follows two main characters, Toby and Ren.
The third and final book of the series, is titled MaddAddam. In the book, Jimmy (Snowman) is reunited with Toby and Ren, and two other characters, Zeb and Adam, who are half brothers, and the creators of God’s Gardeners. The book follows the group, as well as the Crakes, as they try and rebuild civilization, all the while being hunted by the cruel Painballers.
The books are very dark, which is why Aronofsky is the perfect fit to helm this project. Aronofsky will be joined by his fiancee, Brandi-Ann Milbradt, as a co-producer. Milbradt is the one who actually brought the books to Protozoa Pictures and to HBO’s attention.
I’ve read these books, and have been a fan, since Oryx and Crake. I’ve often wondered, if HBO or Showtime got their hands on these books, how they would bring the dystopian world of Margret Atwood to life.
I personally think Darren Aronofsky is the perfect fit for the project, as his movies usually carry a very dark thematic quality that would be symbiotic with a post-apocalyptic series such as this. Plus, pretty much anything HBO touches, turns to gold, just look at Game of Thrones.
Are you excited for Oryx and Crake coming to a TV screen near you? Did you read the books? Let me know in the comment section below.