Maker of Handmaid's Tale making new show about women in control

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From Digital Spy

The Handmaid's Tale director Reed Morano is adapting Naomi Alderman's best-selling novel The Power about young women ruling the world into a TV series for Amazon.

Emmy Award-winning Morano announced the news on Instagram, sharing a quote from the acclaimed science fiction book: "One of them says, 'why did they do it?'
And the other answers, 'Because they could.' -The Power, Naomi Alderman.

"Words cannot express how stoked I am to develop & direct the world of The Power in this new series with Amazon studios, Jane Featherstone and Naomi Alderman! THIS STORY IS CRAAAAAZY."

Both The Handmaid's Tale and The Power are speculative, post-apocalyptic pieces of fiction about women and their imagined positions in society.

While Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale foresees a doomed future for women in which they are dehumanised and forced into sexual servitude as their sole purpose is to procreate, The Power imagines young women becoming the dominant gender after they develop the ability to release electrical jolts from their fingers.

Men are suddenly afraid of women and their power to electrocute at will, reassembling the world into a matriarchy.

The Power is influenced by Alderman's relationship with Atwood, and Atwood has described the novel as "electrifying" and "shocking".

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Alderman will serve as the series' writer and producer, with the award-winning novelist saying in a statement (via The Bookseller): "I'm thrilled to be working with Jane Featherstone and Sister Pictures.

"Jane's track record, and her commitment to excellence in writing speak for themselves, and Sister Pictures' deep understanding of the book impressed me hugely. Readers of The Power are already asking me if there'll be a sequel - there won't be another novel (probably), but there are definitely so many more stories to tell than I had room for in the book.

"I can't wait to expand this story – and bring electric women to TV screens around the world."

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The series will be created by Sister Pictures, co-producers of ITV's Broadchurch.

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