HBO is looking like the new home for Hollywood’s A-list actresses. Following the pick-up of a series starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, the premium cable network-turned-over the top streaming station has ordered eight episodes of Gillian Flynn’s latest project starring none other than Oscar-nominee Amy Adams.
“Sharp Objects,” based on Flynn’s 2006 novel of the same name, will follow a reporter fresh from the psychiatric ward who’s sent on assignment in her hometown to cover the murder of two young girls. Camille Preaker (Adams) moves back in with a hypochondriac mother she doesn’t speak to and a 13-year-old sister she barely knows before she finds herself identifying with the victims a little too much.
Marti Noxon (“UnREAL”) is writing the project with Flynn, who will be responsible for multiple episodes and is also serving as executive producer. Entertainment One and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse are set to produce, after Blum optioned the book years ago, and Vallee, Charles Layton and Jessica Rhoades will all serve as executive producers.
No timetable was given for production or release, but HBO has been beefing up its originals department of late, aiming to compete with Netflix in the original content game. With enticing projects like this, featuring major talent in front and behind the camera, their battle is our gain.
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