Thursday, 5 June 2014

The recent trend of film directors moving to television has ranged from Hellboy director Gueillemro Del Toro adapting his own graphic novel, The Strain to Martin Scorsese directing and executive producing Broadwalk Empire. Now Noah director, Darren Aronofsky, is getting in on the game with news surfacing that the director is working with HBO to adapt Maddadam, based on Margaret Atwood's trilogy.

Atwood's trilogy is made up of Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood and Maddadam which were released over a decade between 2003 to 2013. The trilogy has been described as "speculative fiction" in which in the future governments are owned by corporations and the genetic modification of organisms is perversely ubiquitous. The storyline centres around a Waterless flood that nearly leaves humanity extinct and concentrates on those who caused the apocolypse and those who are trying to cope with the end of the world. It all sounds very complex and complicated so bringing the story to the small screen would work wonders with the ability to spend hours exploring and examining characters episode to episode. HBO have put the project into development with Aronofsky on board as executive producer with the potential to direct. The director is coming of a string of successes with his recent films The Wrestler and Black Swan both getting the attention of the Academy and his most recent film, Noah, brining in well over $300 million at the worldwide box office. The idea of seeing an Aronofsky helmed television series is appealing, even when the director's films aren't as good as their ideas they are still some of the most ambitious films of the last few years.   

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