Sci-fi with a brain

A sci-fi trilogy by Canadian literary giant Margaret Atwood is coming to HBO, courtesy of Darren Aronofsky and his production company, Protozoa Pictures.

Aronofsky's publicity team has confirmed that Protozoa Pictures is adapting "Oryx and Crake", "Year of the Flood", and "MaddAddam" into a TV miniseries that will simply be titled "MaddAdam".

"MaddAddam" will keep good company –– HBO has brought us shows like "Boardwalk Empire", "Girls", "The Sopranos", and "Flight of the Conchords".

Daenerys Targaryen, 'Game of Thrones'

Sorry, Khaleesi. Of course, we must include "Game of Thrones".

A very Canadian dystopia

"Oryx and Crake" was first published in 2003, chronicling a dystopian future whose corporate-spawned pandemic creates an apocalyptic wasteland. Think along the lines of "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior", but with more graphic design, porn, chemistry, political science, and coherent backstory.

Margaret Atwood is a driving force in pinning down Canadian identity, through her own work and her literary criticism –– particularly the survivalist thread running though so much of what gets written in the Great White North. Vancouver notwithstanding, we've chosen a forbidding chunk of rock on which to live.

While not explicitly calling herself a feminist, Atwood's contributions to feminist study are profound; "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Cat's Eye" in particular.  "That Certain Thing Called the Girlfriend", Atwood's essay on female friendship in literature, was written before "Girls" creator Lena Dunham was born.

"Pauline", Atwood's first chamber opera, debuted at the York Theatre in Vancouver earlier this year. 

The author of novels, nonfiction, literary criticism, poetry, children's books, and television screenplays; Margaret Atwood has won literary awards all over the world.

Beyond the mind's eye

Darren Aronofsky brought us "Black Swan" and "Noah", as well as the harrowing "Requiem for a Dream".

He also resurrected Mickey Rourke for "The Wrestler".

Earlier in his career, Aronofsky directed the lo-fi numerology-noir classic "Pi" and the outer-space-yoga-three-Hugh-Jackmans epic "The Fountain", which, okay, maybe we weren't quite ready for.

Hugh Jackman in 'The Fountain'

Aronofsky's style is influenced by Alejandro Jodorowsky: go ahead and check out the documentary "Jodorowsky's 'Dune'" whenever you're ready to watch your own brain melt.

"MaddAddam is in the early stages of pre-production, and no air date has yet been announced.