10:49am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' Headed to TV From Marti Noxon, Jason Blum
Gillian Flynn's TV empire is expanding.
The Gone Girl author — who already has a series order for a remake of Utopia at HBO — is teaming with Entertainment One and producers Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jason Blum's Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity) to bring her debut novel Sharp Objects to TV.
Published in 2006, Sharp Objects centers on reporter Camille Preaker — fresh from a brief stay at a psych 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.
eOne Television will develop and produce Sharp Objects, with Flynn on board to executive produce. Noxon will serve as showrunner and pen the script. Blumhouse Productions will produce, with Blum and Charles Layton also on board as exec producers. eOne CEO John Morayniss and exec vp scripted Michael Rosenberg will oversee for the company, which will handle worldwide distribution rights.
Should Sharp Objects ultimately go to series, it would mark Noxon's third show on the air, joining Lifetime's Un-Real and Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. Her credits include Mad Men, Glee and Grey's Anatomy.
The deal extends eOne's relationship with Blumhouse, where they previously partnered to produce features Sinister and Insidious. The banner's TV credits include Syfy's Ascension, MTV's Eye Candy and ABC's short-lived The River.
Flynn is repped by WME, Levine Greenberg and Jackoway Tyerman. Noxon is with WME and Hansen Jacobson.