We’re still early on in this television season, but that hasn’t stopped The Handmaid’s Tale from becoming a hit. An eye-opening, deeply scary hit. In fact, it's likely due to the series' success that it’s already been renewed for a second season.
Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, the series features a well-known cast of actors such as Elizabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, and Joseph Fiennes. The Handmaid’s Tale has gained largely positive reviews from critics, with a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. According to a review in Vulture, this series is “a faithful adaptation of the book that also brings new layers to Atwood's totalitarian, sexist world of forced surrogate motherhood,” and goes on to say that “this series is meticulously paced, brutal, visually stunning, and so suspenseful from moment to moment that only at the end of each hour will you feel fully at liberty to exhale."
Since its April 26th premiere, the series has become the most watched debut on Hulu out of both original or acquired content. Hulu SVP and Head of Content Craig Erwich has spoken about the success of The Handmaid’s Tale, calling it an honor to work on the series.
“It has been an honor to work with this talented team of cast and creators to develop a series that has struck such a chord with audiences across the country. As we continue to expand our strong slate of original programming, The Handmaid’s Tale is exactly the type of gripping and thought-provoking storytelling we want to bring to viewers. We can’t wait to explore the world of Gilead and continue Margaret’s vision with another season on Hulu.”
While there has been no information given on the length or official release date of the new season, it has been confirmed for release sometime in 2018. Other adaptations of the novel include a film starring Natasha Richardson and an opera.