If you’re a big fan of The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll be just as excited as we are to hear that the show’s director, Reed Morano, has officially been confirmed to be creating the upcoming TV adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s 2016 best seller, The Power – a novel about young women ruling the world.
The new show has been greenlit by Amazon, which has hired Morano for the job following her excellent work on the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s female-focused Dystopian classic – a novel Alderman’s The Power has often been compared to due to the similarities between the two books.
Morano, who has won an Emmy for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale, broke the news on Instagram by sharing a famous quote from The Power: ”One of them says, “why did they do it?” And the other answers, “Because they could.” –The Power, Naomi Alderman’
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“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! @sisterpicturestv @amazonstudios @naomi_alderman THIS STORY IS CRAAAAAZY.
‘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.’
For those who aren’t familiar with the poplar science fiction book, The Power (just like the Handmaid’s Tale) is about women and their imagined positions in society. However, while Atwood foresees a doomed future for women in which they are dehumanised and forced into sexual servitude as their sole purpose becomes to procreate, The Power portrays the opposite by imagining young women becoming the dominant gender after they develop the ability to release electrical jolts from their fingers.
As a result, men fear the women due to their power to electrocute at any given time and reality is flipped as the world becomes a matriarchy.
Amazon has confirmed that they will be releasing a ten-part series based on the award-winning book, with Alderman as the series’ writer and producer.
‘I’m thrilled to be working with Jane Featherstone and Sister Pictures,’ she told The Bookseller. ‘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.’