It’s no secret that the “limited series” (ie. a fancy new word for miniseries) is now one of the most popular trends in television. Telling a close-ended story over a short amount of episodes not only allows the material to remain creatively fresh and satisfying, but the relatively short time commitment allows for bigger actors to make the move to TV. True Detective did it, Fargo did it, and now a pair of high-profile actresses are taking the limited series dive. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are poised to lead a limited series adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s book Big Little Lies with veteran TV producer David E. Kelley set to pen the script. More after the jump.
Per THR, Witherspoon and Kidman have committed to starring in Big Little Lies with Kelley attached to pen the script, though a network home has yet to be determined. The project is currently being taken out to the marketplace, where it will be shopped to premium cable networks and streaming services (sorry network TV). The story tells the comic tale of three mothers of kindergartners whose perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.
Witherspoon and Kidman actually joined forces on an adaptation of Big Little Lies back in August with the intent of making a feature film, but it appears that the two have decided it’s best suited to a longer format. The two will not only star in the limited series, but will also executive produce alongside Kelley.
Kelley, whose credits include The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, and the failed Wonder Woman pilot at CBS, most recently served as showrunner on CBS’ The Crazy Ones. While he has extensive experience in the world of television, this will be his first crack at a limited series outside of the network TV realm.