What do you do after you reinstate faith in the Star Wars franchise following a miserable trio of prequels? That’s the question facing J.J. Abrams in the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and today, it looks like we got some sort of answer. Deadline reports that Abrams is set to produce and likely direct a few episodes of The Nix, a TV adaptation of Nathan Hill‘s recent, sprawling novel of the same name.
As if that’s not enough good news, he will be teaming up with Meryl Streep, who just received more than a few raves for her performance in the amiable Florence Foster Jenkins. Streep will star in the project and produce alongside Abrams, who will be backing the project through his Bad Robot banner. There’s no distributor secured thus far, but one would have to imagine that there will be a bit of a rumble over getting the rights to a package as promising as this.
Here’s the book synopsis for The Nix via Amazon:
A Nix can take many forms. In Norwegian folklore, it is a spirit who sometimes appears as a white horse that steals children away. In Nathan Hill’s remarkable first novel, a Nix is anything you love that one day disappears, taking with it a piece of your heart.
It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn’t seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help.
To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.
From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.