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Paramount & Anonymous land rights to Margaret Atwood trilogy

handmaids taleParamount Television, along with Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to develop a series based on The Handmaid’s Tale author Margarate Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy.

The trilogy is based on novels Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam.

Produced by Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment, Paramount and Anonymous procured the title through their first-look deal with the prodco, which includes both scripted and unscripted content.

Anonymous’s David Kanter and Bard Dorros will executive produce, along with Rock Paper Scissor’s Angus Wall, Linda Carlson and Kent Kubena.

“I am very happy with the vision described to me by Angus, Kent, David, Bard and Amy, as well as the stunning visual presentation they put together,” said Atwood. “I very much look forward to working with them.”

“Margaret Atwood’s unique and singular literary voice speaks to the greater issues facing our current climate and resonates with fans worldwide; the MaddAddam Trilogy is no exception,” said Amy Powell, president of Paramount TV.

“These stories are perfectly suited for portrayal on television and we are thrilled to once again bring a literary masterpiece to life with our partners at Anonymous Content, Angus Wall and Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment.”

Atwood’s dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale has been a big hit as a Hulu original. It became the first streaming series to win best drama at the Emmys in 2017.

Anonymous and Paramount TV have partnered to produce a range of new originals including George Clooney’s Catch-22 for Hulu, and a TV remake of Gregory David Roberts’s widely-read book Shantaram.