We have already brought to your attention that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have interest in bringing BIG LITTLE LIES to HBO. The limited series, based on the Liane Moriarity novel, is slowly moving forward. Just recently the project signed on a director, at least for the first episode or two. That director is Jean-Marc Vallee.
Vallee, if you recall, filmed Witherspoon in the nominated Wild last year. This would be his first venture into TV. He will work off of scripts penned by acclaimed David E. Kelley, famous for such television fare as L. A. Law, Picket Fences, Chicago Hope and Ally McBeal. With that quartet of people behind BIG LITTLE LIES the series, no matter how many episodes long, sounds like a sure-fire bet. There is, unfortunately, no details as of yet of a premiere date or which roles Witherspoon and Kidman will be taking in the work.
Another project entertained by Witherspoon has been announced and it also is in joint with two colleagues from Wild. Co-stars Witherspoon and Laura Dern (ENLIGHTENED) are out to produce TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, by Wild writer Cheryl Strayed. It is a drama series based on Strayed’s bestselling 2012 book of the same name, a collection of essays compiled from her Dear Sugar advice column. Strayed and her husband, filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, will write the TV adaptation, set to explore love, loss, lust and life through the eyes of a Portland family who live by the mantra that the truth will never kill you. The four mentioned above are executive producers of the piece, but this writer can’t help wonder of Laura Dern might just return to HBO’s screens by taking a role in the story. Of the source material Amazon states –
Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things brings the best of Dear Sugar in one place and includes never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond. Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.
So there you go. It seems Reese W. is doubling down to make sure she gets on HBO, isn’t she? Do you want to see her and friends? Comment below. We will track both projects as they progress.