Producer Warren Littlefield has some experience developing TV projects based on beloved properties: he’s an Emmy winner for the TV anthology “Fargo,” based on the 1996 Coen Brothers film. And when the opportunity came to produce Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the famous 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood about a dystopian near-future theocracy, he jumped at the chance. He discussed the series after its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21 — watch above.
“My agent said, ‘[Elisabeth Moss] is interested in this project, and you should look at it,'” Littlefield explained. “I read [creator Bruce Miller‘s first two episodes] and said, ‘What a powerful, incredible vision.’ And I knew of Margaret’s book, but I hadn’t read it, so I sat down in one sitting and read the book. Then I went back and read Bruce’s two scripts again and said, ‘Okay, what do I have to do to be a part of this?'”
Litlefield then discussed the project with Moss and urged her to sign on as well: “I got on the phone with Lizzie — she was in Australia making ‘Top of the Lake 2.’ We spoke for a couple of hours, and my message to her was, ‘You’re in a place in your life where you have incredible choices, and fortunately I’ve got some pretty good choices in my life too. I think we drop everything and jump on-board because Bruce has a vision for what this can be.”
Moss signed on not only as the star of the show but as a producer as well, and the rest is history. The first three episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” premiere on Hulu on Wednesday, April 26, and the rest of the 10-episode season will start streaming in the coming weeks.
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