Hulu nabs rights to the ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ book sequel

Hulu Developing Margaret Atwood's'The Testaments

Hulu nabs rights to the ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ book sequel

With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, including Lily James, this will be an event spotlighting Atwood's signature insight, humour and intellect.

Margaret Atwood's novel "The Testaments", the sequel of the critically-acclaimed "The Handmaid's Tale", is being developed into an extension of the television show, Deadline reports.

Led by showrunner Miller, The Handmaid's Tale was an instant hit when it premiered in April 2017, becoming the first streaming show to win a best series Primetime Emmy Award.

Time reports that The Handmaid's Tale showrunner Bruce Miller is now in conversations to determine how Atwood's new book could become "an important extension" to the series, which recently concluded its third season.

Hulu renewed the series during the back half of the third season, which ended with a controversial cliffhanger that will change the shape of the series. "Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead". However, given that Hulu is talking with Bruce Miller, it wouldn't be surprising if he takes over showrunning duties for the sequel installment. Atwood herself realized the show's pacing has slowed dramatically, telling Time, "They can't keep Offred in Gilead for many more seasons, or a certain amount of wheel spinning will be going on".

"The Handmaid's Tale" was recently picked up for a fourth season on Hulu. "They have to move her along - and I've given them lots of ways of how that would happen".

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