I would love to see what kind of bidding war this package causes. Deadline reports that Entertainment One is shopping a drama series based on Sharp Objects, the best-selling novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Amy Adams is on board to star, Marti Noxon (UnREAL) would serve as showrunner, Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) will direct, and Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) is executive producing. Flynn will be a writer on the show. That’s about six different ways to sell a property that’s already enticing on its own merits.
Per Deadline, the plot “centers on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who, fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, is sent to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls where she has to reconnect with her estranged mother and half-sister.”
The show is being shopped to cable and streaming networks (I like at this point network television is just cut out of the conversation of any property that sounds remotely interesting), and I wonder how long it will be until one emerges with what sounds like a must-see show. It has all of the elements to be a hit, and it looks like the real coup is landing Adams for a series. She had a quiet 2015, but she looks to have a big year with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, and Denis Villeneuve’s Story of Your Life (assuming the later two open in 2016).
Either way, this is the lure of TV now, and Sharp Objects sounds like a must-see, especially when you add in Noxon (if you haven’t seen UnREAL, watch it now.)
Here’s the synopsis for Flynn’s Sharp Objects:
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-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.