11:19am PT by Lesley Goldberg
HBO Lands Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' Starring Amy Adams
HBO has scored a major TV package.
The premium cable network has landed Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The cabler has picked up the drama with an eight-episode order. Sharp Objects will be an ongoing drama series, with the potential for a second season.
The adaptation of the book by Gone Girl author Flynn hails from Entertainment One and Blumhouse Productions. Dallas Buyers Club's Jean-Marc Vallee will direct the high-profile WME package, which was shopped to cable and streaming. He'll also co-edit the series.
Published in 2006, Sharp Objects centers on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) — fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital — who faces a troubling assignment: She must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille hardly has spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful 13-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims — a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story — and survive this homecoming.
The drama was optioned five years ago by Jason Blum's Blumhouse (The Jinx, The Normal Heart), before Gone Girl became a worldwide phenomenon. The project is being written by Marti Noxon (UnREAL, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce). Flynn also will executive produce and pen multiple episodes. Noxon will serve as showrunner and exec produce. Vallee, Blum, Charles Layton and Jessica Rhoades also will exec produce, with Nathan Ross also attached as an executive producer.
Sharp Objects marks the latest package to land at HBO. The cabler also scored Reese Witherspoon/Nicole Kidman starrer Big Little Lies and famously outbid rivals for True Detective, the latter of which came packaged with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.