After three successful seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale—and a fourth season given the green light—Hulu is already setting the foundations for continuing the story author Margaret Atwood created decades ago. The streaming service has recently nabbed the rights to Atwood’s much-anticipated sequel novel, The Testaments, a week before its scheduled release.
Reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Hulu and MGM announced that they will be developing The Testaments into a series. The two are in discussions with showrunner Bruce Miller about how the sequel series can be “in important extension” in The Handmaid’s Tale universe. The novel takes place 15 years after the events of Atwood’s previous story, but it is most likely that the series adaptation will be more in line with the current iteration airing on Hulu. The current series has moved beyond the original source material.
Miller said the following to The Hollywood Reporter regarding Atwood’s novel and how it will impact the current and future adaptations:
“I think Margaret feels we have been good stewards of her characters and have brought them along in a way that makes sense to her. I don’t know how much she’s going to follow our lead [in The Testaments]. Certainly, we are living in Margaret’s world. In the end, this show, my show, is built to be a companion piece to both of those books, to sit on the shelf with them, where hopefully you can read the books and then you can watch something that illuminates them and gives some visuals, and explore some stuff more deeply. I look at the show as a companion piece to a piece of classic literature, as opposed to something that lives independently of Margaret’s work.”
Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale ended just this past August. Hulu has yet to issue a release date for season 4.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.