There has been recent news about the development regarding the film adaptation of The Power by Naomi Alderman. Here’s what we know:
What’s it about? What’s the plot?
In The Power by Naomi Alderman, women have developed the ability to release electrical jolts from their fingers. This special power leads to their dominance as a gender, and the book explores the fallout of that power dynamic through different characters around the world.
The Power was released in October 2016, and appeared on many Best Books of the Year lists.
What format will it be? Will The Power adaptation be a Movie or a Series?
It’s planned as a 10-episode series to be streamed on Amazon.
Who’s behind it?
The film rights for The Power where acquired by Jane Featherstone of Sister Pictures a few months after the book’s release in 2016. In 2019, the project was acquired by Amazon Studios.
Reed Morano, director of The Handmaid’s Tale, will be working with Featherstone and author Naomi Alderman to adapt The Power as a 10-episode Amazon Series. Morano will be directing the series, and author Naomi Alderman is writing the screenplay.
Fron author Naomi Alderman: “I’m thrilled to be working with Jane Featherstone and Sister Pictures. Jane’s track record, and her commitment to excellence in writing speak for themselves, and Sister Pictures’ deep understanding of the book impressed me hugely. Readers of The Power are already asking me if there’ll be a sequel – there won’t be another novel (probably), but there are definitely so many more stories to tell than I had room for in the book. I can’t wait to expand this story – and bring electric women to TV screens around the world.”
From Featherstone: “Naomi is one of the boldest and most interesting authors of our time and we are beyond thrilled to be working with her as she adapts her own brilliant and compelling book for television. The Power is a story of our times, clever, funny, important and original, it asks us to consider a world where the shifting balances of power create a new and dangerous dynamic.”
What’s the status of The Power adaptation?
The adaptation is currently in active development. The screenplay is being written by the book author, and a director (Reed Morano) is attached to the project, which has been acquired by Amazon Studios. A casting director and production designer have been hired, and actress Leslie Mann was recently announced as the first cast member.
Who’s in the cast?
Leslie Mann is attached, to be playing the part of Margot Cleary-Lopez.
No further casting details have been announced yet.
When will it be released?
Is there a trailer or teaser available?
Not yet! Stay tuned.
The Power Movie / Series Development Timeline
October 27, 2016 The Power (novel) is released.
December 15, 2016 Film rights to The Power acquired by Jane Featherstone of Sister Pictures, to be adapted into a series.
February 13, 2019 The Power series adaptation acquired by Amazon.
October 31, 2019 Leslie Mann to star in The Power Amazon series.