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A 'Handmaid's Tale' Spin-Off Is Being Adapted For TV

A 'Handmaid's Tale' Spin-Off Is Being Adapted For TV

The Handmaid's Tale's third season officially came to an end for UK TV viewers last week, but if you thought season four was all you had to look forward to after *that* massive cliffhanger, then you would be mistaken.

Due to the overwhelming success of the series' so far, it has now emerged that MGM and Hulu are also looking to turn Margaret Atwood's upcoming sequel The Testaments into a TV show, too.

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The decision was made before her new book has even been published, which says just about everything you need to know about The Handmaid's Tale's cult following.

But then again, it has already made its way onto the Booker Prize 2019 nomination list before hitting the shelves, which is certainly a promising sign for any TV series in the works.

The Testaments would go beyond June's story Credit: Hulu
The Testaments would go beyond June's story Credit: Hulu

The Testaments - published on September 10th - is set to pick up 15 years after 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale, and will be narrated by three female characters we've already met.

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One of these women is Aunt Lydia, whose complex and troubled life and the path that led her to support such an evil cause has only just unravelled in the most recent season, after previously being shrouded in mystery.

The reports suggest that Hulu and MGM are currently in discussions with The Handmaid's Tale show runner Bruce Miller in the hopes The Testaments could "become an extension of the series".

The Handmaid's Tale character Aunt Lydia will be telling the story of the new book Credit: Hulu
The Handmaid's Tale character Aunt Lydia will be telling the story of the new book Credit: Hulu

Miller and his staff have not yet read The Testaments, which will undoubtedly dictate what Gilead will look like in the future.

"The Testaments really gives us much wider glimpses into other parts of the world," he told TIME ahead of the book's release.

Even before writing The Testaments, Atwood worked closely with Hulu and MGM, seeing as the plot of the TV series' has now gone beyond her award winning novel.

Credit: Penguin Random House
Credit: Penguin Random House

But her new book has come just in time, as while Miller previously revealed he wanted to carry on the show for as many as ten seasons, Atwood has been firm that in order to do that, they would need to move the story along.

"They can't keep Offred in Gilead for many more seasons, or a certain amount of wheel spinning will be going on," she recently told the same publication.

"They have to move her along-and I've given them lots of ways of how that would happen."

The current series' of 'The Handmaid's Tale have followed Offred's journey Credit: Hulu
The current series' of 'The Handmaid's Tale have followed Offred's journey Credit: Hulu

Atwood started writing The Testaments before Hulu even debuted The Handmaid's Tale , but its TV adaptation is evidence we won't be going without Gilead on our screens any time soon.

Blessed be the fruit!

Featured Image Credit: Hulu

Topics: Entertainment News, TV News

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Pretty 52 who loves writing about all things food, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She also has a particular interest in women's issues.

 

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