Rights Available: 'The Handmaid's Tale' Author's Trilogy

Margaret Atwood's 'MaddAddam' and Ada Calhoun's 'The New Midlife Crisis' are both ripe for optioning.
Courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing

MaddAddam (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013) by Margaret Atwood

Agency: ICM Partners

A feeding frenzy is afoot for the Handmaid’s Tale author’s only trilogy after HBO’s option expired Dec. 1 (Darren Aronofsky couldn’t get a series in motion in time). Given Atwood’s heat (which includes Netflix’s Alias Grace), these books will be snapped up fast.

The New Midlife Crisis (Audible, TBA) by Ada Calhoun

Agency: Paradigm

Think Mean Girls for middle-aged women — a zeitgeisty, serious nonfiction book that could inspire a film — in this expanded version of her Oct. 5 Oprah.com article. Her book Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give (a Tom Hanks fave in 2017) is under TV development.