Hulu Greenlights 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 and Marvel's 'Runaways'
Hulu is giving Netflix and Amazon a run for their money with their newfound successes in The Handmaid's Tale, Harlots, and The Path (which stars Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul). Their original series have been doing pretty well, so it's no surprise that they're upping the ante.
Hulu announced after just four episodes that they will be renewing The Handmaid's Tale for a second season, which all but guarantees the show will be straying farther from Margaret Atwood's best-selling novel. The show has been welcomed by positive reviews and though star and producer Elizabeth Moss said the show would be lighter in tone than the book, it's still pretty bleak material.
The show follows Offred, a fertile woman living under a fundamentalist regime that exterminated congress, suspended the constitution, and abolished women's rights. Due to her child-bearing potential, Offred becomes a sexual servant of sorts to one of the men in charge. Like we said, bleak. Moss signed a five-to-seven year series contract with the understanding that she would also be a producer. This means there could be a lot of exploration within the Gilead universe.
Hulu has also given the greenlight to Marvel's Runaways, a show from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The show is based on the comics by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. The comic follows a group of misfit teens who join together to fight a common enemy, which in typical teen fashion is their parents. Let's give them some credit though, their parents are evil supervillains with questionable moral compasses.
The runaways have inherited their parent's powers, though the details on what those might be remains a secret. We can most likely expect a very young-adult vibe to the show, much like Freeform's Cloak & Dagger. Take a look at the superhero cast below, in the show's first official image.
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Last on the list is The First, a show about the first mission to Mars. The show comes from House of Cards Creator and Executive Producer Beau Willimon, who will be leaving the beloved Netflix series to work on something a bit different. As far as what we can expect, Willimon had this to say at the Hulu upfront session:
Willimon also took to Twitter to give more details.
The premise sounds cool enough to us space fanatics, and paired with an accomplished writer who knows original series – The First looks promising.
Mark your calendars and get ready for a 2018 television season filled with sci-fi.