Hulu has ordered “The Handmaid’s Tale,” starring “Mad Men” alum Elizabeth Moss, straight to series, TheWrap has learned.
The series, which is based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, follows Offred (Moss), a servant in the household of a high-ranking official in a totalitarian society called Gilead. Being one of the few remaining fertile women in Gilead, she is forced into sexual servitude.
“I am thrilled that MGM and Hulu are developing ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ as a series, and extra thrilled that the very talented Elisabeth Moss will be playing the central character,” Atwood said. “‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is more relevant now than when it was written, and I am sure the series will be watched with great interest. I have read the first two scripts and they are excellent; I can hardly wait to see the finished episodes.”
The series will be created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller with Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Warren Littlefield serving as executive producers. Atwood will serve as consulting producer for the series.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is produced by MGM Television and marks the first collaboration on an original series between Hulu and MGM. The series will go into production later this year and will premiere on Hulu in 2017.