Since Carmen Maria Machado’s short fiction collection Her Body and Other Parties was published last October, individual stories have emerged as their own conversation pieces: the stark, sexist horror of “The Husband Stitch,” a retelling of that eerie favorite urban legend about the woman with the green ribbon around her neck; the brutally clever “Especially Heinous,” told through micro-recaps of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; and so forth. It’s fitting, then, that the television adaptation of Machado’s collection is being pitched as an anthology series described as a feminist Black Mirror.
Vulture broke the news (as part of an in-depth profile of Machado) of the adaptation of the National Book Award finalist in development: After speaking with “dozens of interested parties,” she selected Imagine Television (whose series include Empire and Genius) to helm the anthology series. Gina Welch (The Terror, Castle Rock) is attached as writer. Imagine Television president Samie Kim Falvey told Vulture that Machado’s stories “capture the intense, unspoken psychology of inhabiting a woman’s body today” and predicted that the series will “undoubtedly be a force in the conversation about gender.”
If you haven’t yet read Her Body and Other Parties, check out our Genre in the Mainstream column on the collection.