Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood!
We will be hearing a lot about the book in the coming months and year, I bet. Best known for her award-winning novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood has sold rights to HBO for an adaptation of her odd but amazingly-brilliant science fiction trilogy comprising Oryx & Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam.
That’s not all though. HBO has ordered the project into development under Darren Aronofsky! You have likely seen his dark work. Pi. Requiem for a Dream. The Fountain. The Wrestler. Black Swan. And most recently Noah.
With that kind of talent spear-heading the project, HBO is positioning themselves well for the future. Long have I fought the impulse to order HBO. But this news makes me want to order HBO right now! Well played, HBO. Well played.
Here is a bit more about Oryx & Crake:
Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.
Sounds perfect for HBO, right? The network has gone geek! Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire). True Detective (The King In Yellow). And new original sci-fi projects The Spark and Pharaoh.
Aronofsky has not found his adapting writers yet for MaddAddam—the overall series title—so that will take some time. There is no filming date and no release date yet. But I’m sure this will start moving pretty quickly. As far as I can tell, Aronofsky has no movies in the hopper at the moment, which means he has the time to devote to Atwood’s trilogy.
More news when we have it!