Margaret Atwood’s 1996 Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning historical novel Alias Grace (McClelland & Stewart), inspired by the true story of two servants convicted of the murders of their employer and his housekeeper, will be adapted for television by Toronto-based Halfire Entertainment. The six-hour miniseries will air on CBC and Netflix, and will be written and produced by Sarah Polley (Looking for Alaska, Away From Her), directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho), with a production team including executive producer Noreen Halpern (Rookie Blue) and co-producer D.J. Carson (Spotlight).
Polley says, in a press release:
I first read Alias Grace when I was 17 years old and throughout the last 20 years I have read it over and over, trying to get to the bottom of it. Grace Marks, as captured by Margaret Atwood, is the most complex, riveting character I have ever read. I’m thrilled that Mary Harron has taken the project on. I know that her ability to create suspense, tension, and delve into the dark, unknowable aspects of her characters will bring this piece alive. I can’t wait for us to bring the many versions of Grace’s gripping story, and the questions they raise, to television audiences.