Margaret Atwood, the author of the classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale, dropped a spectacular bomb during an interview with Variety for this year’s Power of Women luncheon.
Atwood is probably having the best time of her career, with the first season of Hulu’s TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale turning out to be a critically acclaimed hit and becoming the first project from a streaming platform to ever win the Emmy for Outstanding Series.
In her chat with Variety, Atwood updated fans on the progress of season two, spoke about her incursion into the comic book industry, and slipped in a crazy statement that has everybody scratching their heads.
Speaking about how science fiction writers usually predict and push social and technological change, Atwood mentioned an opera adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale back in the very early naughties.
“Just to give you a very creepy feeling, there was an opera of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ that premiered in Denmark in 2000,” she said.
“It started with a film reel going across the top of the stage and showing various things blowing up. And one of the things that blew up was the Twin Towers. But it hadn’t blown up yet. They did the opera again, and they had to take it out, because it was no longer in the future. Does that give you a creepy feeling?”
The lauded author then jumped on to cheekily state 9/11 was inspired by Star Wars.
“Remember the first one? Two guys fly a plane in the middle of something and blow that up?” she said.
“The only difference is, in ‘Star Wars’, they get away. Right after 9/11, they hired a bunch of Hollywood screenwriters to tell them how the story might go next. Sci-fi writers are very good at this stuff, anticipating future events. They don’t all come true, but there are interesting ‘what if’ scenarios.”
Atwood is known for being sarcastic in her articles, on Twitter and even during interviews, so we all know we have to take her Al-Qaeda/Rebel Alliance theory with a huge grain of salt.
The author also told Variety that at the time being, only the first episode of season two of The Handmaid’s Tale is ready.