Newswire: Sarah Polley and American Psycho’s Mary Harron team up for Margaret Atwood series

Who would have predicted that the hottest commodity in TV this year would be a 76-year-old Canadian feminist poet? (Okay, sure, maybe we’ve thought about it. But we wouldn’t have predicted it.) Yet, here we are, receiving press releases announcing that Margaret Atwood’s 1996 novel Alias Grace is being developed as a six-part TV miniseries by Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz, Away From Her) and Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol) for Netflix.

This news comes less than two months after the announcement of a Hulu series of another of Atwood’s novels, The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss, suggesting either a super elite Margaret Atwood book club in Hollywood somewhere or a feminist-literature arms race between the two streaming services. (We’ll know when the competing Alice Walker projects start getting announced a few months from now.)

Polley wrote the teleplay and will …

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