Today was Amazon’s turn at the Television Critics Association, and during its presentation, it announced that it had made a 10-part adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s 2016 novel The power, in which women around the world suddenly gain the ability to electrocute people.
History has drawn comparisons to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. The maid’s tale. In it, women around the world develop the ability to electrocute anyone they choose with a simple touch. At first, the ability is treated as an infectious disease, where women are quarantined as they pass from one person to another. But before long, the condition spreads and women around the world begin to seize power, electrocuting and sometimes killing the men in power who stand in their way. Amazon has not announced a launch or launch date.
The story follows several characters: a girl named Allie, who kills her adoptive father and flees to a convent, where she becomes a quasi-religious figure; the daughter of a London crime boss, Roxy; Margot, a politician who organizes a series of camps for affected women to use their powers responsibly; Olatunde, a journalist who rises to fame while covering uprisings around the world; and Tatiana, a Moldovan woman taking on the role of president and defending an attempted coup by dissidents backed by Saudi Arabia.
The book was a huge success when it came out three years ago, earning a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, winning the Baileys Women’s Award for Fiction in the UK and earning accolades from people like former President Barack Obama. We call it one of the best books of 2017. The story is also great for Amazon: In 2017, CEO Jeff Bezos issued a mandate to the company’s studio to include more dramas that have “global appeal.” Amazon says the series “will shoot anywhere in the world” and tackles highly relevant issues, especially in the #MeToo era. Given the recognition that Hulu’s adaptation of The maid’s tale has won since its debut, it seems Amazon expects lightning to strike twice.