Variety reports that MGM Television has recently gained the television rights to Margaret Atwood’s novel The Heart Goes Last.
The author’s name might ring a bell for the more literary reader, as Atwood was lauded for her previous novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Atwood has established herself in several different worlds of writing during her long career, publishing books of poetry, short stories, and essays, as well as her noted fiction work.
The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985, but the support for this story is still ongoing. The novel was a dystopian-themed story set in a version of North America that was completely taken over by Christian theocracy. The novel explored several important themes such as feminism, personal agency, and politics, and was also acquired by MGM Television not too long ago. The series has already cast Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, and Samira Wiley, and is expected to premiere in 2017 on Hulu.
The Heart Goes Last marks MGM’s second Atwood collaboration, and the author is enthusiastic about the renewed partnership:
“I’m thrilled by this news! MGM has been wonderful with The Handmaid’s Tale, and I am sure the same high standards will be applied to The Heart Goes Last,” Atwood is quoted as saying. “I look forward to working with the MGM team again.”
The Heart Goes Last was published in fall of 2015, but still retains the same science-fiction elements that audiences see in The Handmaid’s Tale. In another dystopian world, the characters of Atwood’s novel must deal with the fact that those who follow the law are in prison and those that live outside the law are allowed to go free. It’s said to also have the same trademark dark humor of other Atwood novels.
The deal was negotiated by ICM Partner for Atwood and MGM’s executive vice president, Lindsay Sloane, is working on the project as well.