The adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s MADDADDAM trilogy is still a viable project, but, unfortunately, not for HBO. It appears that the project has been shaping up quite nicely with Eliza Clark, a noted writer, who has already wielded the novel into a manageable production script. And Darren Aronofsky is still very much on board. It just appears now that the project has to be shopped around for the right network to house it.
Here is what Aronofsky stated at a New York Film Festival event:
“The series is all written. We are working hard on it, and trying to figure it out. We are still in play.”
About Clark he said,
“We just went with the best writer. Her work is amazing. It was interesting to see how her brain worked and processed to bring it all into a cohesive universe. Figuring out how to focus it into a ten-episode series was really challenging. It is such a massive, amazing piece, and we are just trying to find the right home.”
Okay, but why is HBO not the right home? It must have to do with finances, right? HBO is pouring money into the multi-locational GAME OF THRONES and adding WESTWORLD can’t be cheap either. Perhaps after seeing the 10-episode season laid out for them all they saw was $$, as in this is going to cost too much, and balked. We may never really know why Phepler and Bloys bowed out of this, but it surely does disappoint us around here. Look for it on STARZ or elsewhere or perhaps it is just so unwieldy a project saved best for the pages of Atwood’s books? So are you not surprised? Are you disappointed? Can anyone take this story on? Will Aronofsky still get it made? Is the concept just too huge? What do you think?