It’s been four years since Lisa Cholodenko’s Oscar-nominated “The Kids Are All Right” hit theaters, and 2014 will finally see some new material from the director who, like so many others, is bringing her talents to television. Her miniseries “Olive Kittredge” is arriving on HBO later this year — and has a knockout cast, including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Zoe Kazan — and now news has landed that she’ll be involved in another series with a rather fascinating premise.
Cholodenko will direct the first two of eight episodes (and produce the entirety) of NBC’s “The Slap,” which centers on an upsetting if seemingly minor domestic dispute — a man slaps another couple’s rambunctious child — that balloons out of control. This is just the type of fodder that Cholodenko excels at (nuanced familial relationships and the fallout from overstepping boundaries) so count us excited. It’s based on the 2011 Australian miniseries, and “Brothers and Sisters” creator John Robin Baitz penned the US adaptation.
Meanwhile, Cholodenko is also serving as guest artistic director of the upcoming LA Film Festival.