Olivia Wilde has officially lined up her first post-“Don’t Worry Darling” directing gig.
Wilde has signed on to direct the TV adaptation of Jennifer Egan’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “A Visit from the Goon Squad” and its 2022 follow-up “The Candy House” for A24. Wilde will also executive produce along with Jennifer Fox.
“A Visit from the Goon Squad” is a set of 13 interconnected stories all linking back to fictional record company executive Bennie Salazar and his assistant, Sasha. “The Candy House” continues their shared story.
The A24 adaptation marks Wilde’s first major TV directing gig. Wilde made her directorial debut on the 2019 film “Booksmart” and won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
Wilde is also set to direct an untitled Marvel film around the Spider-Woman character for Sony and Pascal Pictures and is developing a Christmas buddy comedy at Universal.
A24 most recently swept the 2023 Oscars with “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and made a big splash with Netflix’s critically acclaimed “Beef” and set a buzzy Cannes debut for “The Idol.”
A first look at the company’s upcoming TV series “The Sympathizer” was also unveiled during the Warner Bros. Discovery investor meeting. The HBO show is an adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name and is helmed by Korean auteur Park Chan-wook. Park and Don McKellar co-showrun and executive produce the series, which stars Robert Downey Jr. in multiple roles. Hoa Xuande, Fred Nguyen Khan, Toan Le, Ky Duyen, and Sandra Oh also lead the series.
Per the official HBO logline, “The Sympathizer” is an espionage thriller and cross-culture satire about the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the final days of the Vietnam War and his resulting exile in the United States.
“Overall, it’s a seven-episode series, and it’s set in 1975, immediately after the Vietnam War,” the “Decision to Leave” director Park told IndieWire on the 2023 Golden Globes red carpet. “The story covers Vietnamese refugees who have migrated to L.A. and the stories surrounding that environment. Because of the context, casting revolves around having a lot of diversity, especially a heavy presence of Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans.”