Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy will make a brilliant HBO series

Atwood's vibrant and visual post-apocalyptic world will fit in perfectly with HBO's big-budget dramas, says Ellie Walker-Arnott

HBO is poised to turn Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam novels into a drama series.


The dystopian trilogy, encompassing Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam, is set to be produced – and potentially directed – by Darren Aronofsky for the premium American network.

And I think it’s a brilliant idea.

Atwood’s MaddAddam novels are set before and after a Waterless Flood, which wipes out nearly all of the Earth’s population, and follows those who created the destruction, as well as those who are left behind to survive it. It’s a not-too-distant future – a post-apocalyptic world uncomfortably close to our own.

They are powerful tales which provoke powerful imagery, peppered with an extensive cast of engaging characters – Crake, Zeb, Toby –  and they lend themselves perfectly to the screen.

Their vibrant and visual nature make them a perfect fit for Aronofsky, whose previous projects include cinematic spectacle Black Swan and recent biblical epic Noah.

Plus the world inhabited by Snowman or the God’s Gardeners wouldn’t be done justice on a small budget. Only the big figures a network like HBO can proffer will. And if Game of Thrones and True Detective are anything to go by, Atwood’s tale is in good hands.


The MaddAddam trilogy is intelligent and thought provoking – it asks important questions about the world we live in. And if HBO transforming Atwood’s clever tales into clever TV brings them to more people, that’s got to be a good thing.