Hulu is teaming up with one of Mad Men’s finest.
The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to The Handmaid’s Tale. According to The Hollywood Reporter the drama has Elisabeth Moss attached to star.
The Handmaid’s Tale is based on Margaret Atwood’s novel and is set in the totalitarian society of Gilead. The steep decline in birthrate and the twisted religious fundamentalist running the republic make Gilead a less than ideal place for women. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Moss) is forced to become a Handmaid in the Commander’s household. The Handmaids are a caste of women forced to be sex slaves because of their fetility to repopulate the world. Offred must navigate her dangerous world, full of potential spies and cruel Commanders, to find the daughter snatched from her arms.
Bruce Miller will create, write and executive produce the project. Warren Littlefield, Fran Sears and Daniel Wilson will also executive produce. Atwood, the author of the source material, will serve as consulting producer.
This project is the first collaboration between Hulu and MGM.
Handmaid’s Tale is one of several projects Hulu is developing. Jason Katims’ The Path is currently airing and being released on a weekly basis. Chance starring Hugh Laurie and Shut Eye are the other two dramas being developed by the streaming service.
Moss, who is known for playing Betty Olson on Mad Men, will next be seen on the second season of crime drama Top of the Lake.
The 10-episode first season will debut in 2017.