This marks the second collaboration between the author and studio following their prior partnership on “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Published in 2015, “The Heart Goes Last” is about a couple named Stan and Charmaine who trade in their lot living in a car, surviving on tips, to take part in a social experiment. They sign a life contract to live a suburban lifestyle in exchange for their freedom — agreeing to live in prison every second month.
Atwood commented, “I’m thrilled by this news! MGM has been wonderful with ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ and I am sure the same high standards will be applied to ‘The Heart Goes Last.’ I look forward to working with the MGM team again.”
“The Handmaids Tale” is being produced by MGM Television for Hulu. The series stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Samira Wiley, and is scheduled to premiere in 2017. Bruce Miller is showrunner with Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken serving as exec producers.
The television rights for “The Heart Goes Last” were negotiated by ICM Partners for Atwood. Lindsay Sloane, MGM’s executive vice president, television production will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.