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Amy Adams is heading to the small screen.
The actress has signed on to star in Sharp Objects, the adaptation of the book by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Dallas Buyers Club’s Jean-Marc Vallee has also signed on to direct the high-profile WME package, which is being shopped to cable and streaming outlets by Entertainment One and Blumhouse Productions.
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 earlier 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). Noxon will exec produce alongside Flynn. Vallee will also exec produce and direct. Blum and Charles Layton will also exec produce, with Nathan Ross attached as a co-executive producer. Noxon is set as showrunner.
The drama, first announced in July 2014, marks an extension of 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 The River.
Adams, whose film credits include Man of Steel, American Hustle, Big Eyes, Her and the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is repped by WME, which packaged the deal, and Brillstein Entertainment.
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