HBO’s penchant for daring adaptations doesn’t show any signs of abating; the premium cable channel is ready to pump its creative juices into a TV version of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy and have installed White Swan and Noah helmsman Darren Aronofsky to direct the project.

Darren AronofskyDarren Aronofsky will direct 'Maddaddam' for HBO [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Neilson Barnard]

The trilogy isn’t unfamiliar territory for Aronofsky; the novel follows the author's "Oryx and Crake" and "Year of the Flood" in a reimagining of Earth after a horrific flood. Oryx and Crake , The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam would be made by his Protozoa Pictures deal with HBO.

The books are concerned with the events before and after a Waterless Flood that obliterates most of the world’s population. There are still enough people left to comprise an extensive cast of characters, including those responsible for the apocalypse and those struggling to survive it."

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Margaret Atwood last night re-tweeted Random House's "Holy Cats! An @hbo series of @MargaetAtwood's #MaddAddam series by @DarrenAronofsky?!? #awesome"

This really is something to be excited about. HBO don’t deal with boobs, and their output is consistently brilliant. And, given that they can attract names like Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to the small screen – working with a brand new writer in Nic Pizzolatto and burgeoning director Cary Fukunaga – there’s no telling what kind of talent will be buzzing around Aronofsky with this new project. 

If anything can bring Atwood’s universe to life, it’ll be Aronofsky’s cinematic nous. And before people start talking about Noah being a flop – it really wasn’t, and any negative reviews certainly weren’t pointed towards the film’s aesthetics. 

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