Amazon Studios has greenlit a 10-episode TV series based on Naomi Alderman's award-winning 2016 novel The Power. Reed Moreno will direct the series, which will be shot in several countries across the world. The last show to do that was the Wachowskis' postmodernist Science Fiction LGBTQ telenovela Sens8 on Netflix.
The novel is about a drastic shift when every teenage girl in the world suddenly gets the ability to electrocute people at will. The novel has been praised by Margaret Atwood and President Obama, and won the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. It was named by The New York Times as one of the Best Books of 2017.
"Naomi's story is like nothing I've seen and made me feel things so viscerally that I have honestly never felt," Reed Morano said. "I cannot wait to dig deep with Naomi, Sister Pictures, and Amazon Studios into this profound and masterful vision of the complex dynamics of our world reversed."
Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said, "The Power is a timely, provocative series that will powerfully resonate with the book's passionate fans worldwide. We're delighted to be working with renowned writer Naomi Alderman, the talented team at Sister Pictures led by Jane Featherstone and the visionary Reed Morano, to bring this thrilling, multi layered series to our Prime Video members around the world."
Alderman said she was thrilled that the show would be broadcast worldwide on Amazon Prime's streaming service.
"Jennifer Salke and her team have had a huge and obvious passion for the project from the very first meeting – as well as a vision for how the show can reach the widest possible audience," she said. "The story is a global one, about the lives of women and men everywhere in the world, so I'm hugely excited that The Power will be sparking conversation and debate essentially… everywhere. We're going to make something revolutionary and, dare I say it, electrifying."
This will be the second screen adaptation of one of Alderman's books. The first was the movie of her first novel Disobedience. It starred Rachel Weisz as a woman who returns to her Orthodox Jewish community in London to attend the funeral of her rabbi father, and rekindles a romantic relationship with her childhood friend, played by Rachel McAdams.
Naomi Alderman is a serious geek, a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a tech columnist for The Guardian and is often heard on BBC radio reviewing graphic novels, Science Fiction and Fantasy movies and TV series. She has also written for video games like the running game Zombies Run! Apart from her literary novels, she has also written a Doctor Who novel Borrowed Time. She also co-wrote with Margaret Atwood a zombie comedy novel, The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, which was serialized on Wattpad.
The story of The Power is told in the form of a book within a book, written 5,000 years after the emergence of the power in every teenage girl in the world and how that transformed the world into a matriarchy. The TV series will likely tell the story differently.
"I can't wait to expand this story," Alderman said. "And bring electric women to TV screens around the world."