8:02am PT by Rebecca Ford
Meryl Streep, J.J. Abrams Team Up for TV Series 'The Nix'
Meryl Streep is heading to the small screen.
The three-time Oscar winner, who hasn't been on a television show since 2012's Web Therapy, is nearing a deal to star in a TV series based on The Nix, a 2016 novel by Nathan Hill. J.J. Abrams and Hill will executive produce the project, which is set up at Warner Bros. TV.
There is no writer or network yet attached.
Hill's critically acclaimed debut novel follows a man named Samuel Andresen-Anderson, whose mother, Faye, reappears decades after she abandoned the family. She becomes the center of controversy for allegedly committing an absurd crime, and Samuel must dig back into her secretive past to try to save her. The novel is described as a sprawling satire that spans from the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond.
Abrams' Bad Robot banner produces several TV series, including Showtime's Roadies, and the Hulu limited series 11.22.63. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director also is executive producing HBO’s upcoming series Westworld. Abrams is repped by CAA and Robert S. Getman.
Streep has focused her career on film, most recently starring in Suffragette and Florence Foster Jenkins. She will appear in Disney's upcoming live-action sequel Mary Poppins Returns. Her TV credits include Web Therapy and the miniseries Angels in America. She is repped by CAA and Gendler & Kelly.
Streep is the latest A-lister to head to the small screen in recent years, as familiar names are seen as a key ingredient in breaking through the clutter of scripted original series on broadcast, cable, pay cable and streaming services, better known in the industry as "Peak TV." Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell is prepping a TV series that would star Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro in what would mark his first TV series.