BIG LITTLE LIES is getting the True Detective treatment with David E. Kelley scripting!
I'm loving the choices that book-bent Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are making for their film projects. Kidman has the adaptation of SJ Watson's Before I Go to Sleep coming out on September 12th - I kinda can't wait to see her with Colin Firth and Mark Strong - and is currently shooting The Family Fang. Her costar, Jason Bateman, is also directing the movie based on the Kevin Wilson novel. As for Reese Witherspoon, she was planning to play Amy Dunne in the David Fincher/Gillian Flynn collaboration of Gone Girl but had to drop out which is why we'll see Rosamund Pike instead when it hits the multiplex on October 3rd. Watch the credits and you'll notice Witherspoon is still producing under her Pacific Standard production company banner. Instead of playing Amy, we'll see Reese as the real life Cheryl Strayed in the screen tale of Strayed's memoir Wild, when it comes out in December.
Now these literary-minded ladies have teamed up, optioning the screen rights to the just-published - and already a New York Times bestseller - Big Little Lies from Australian author Liane Moriarty. The Oscar-winning actresses are planning on co-starring as the mommies of kindergarteners whose lives go a little haywire when young mother Jane and her own odd little boy enter their lives. A little haywire as in there's a murder in the schoolyard! No word on who'll play the young mother Jane.
Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard and Nicole Kidman's film company, Blossom will produce with partners Bruna Papandrea and Per Saari co-producing with Kidman and Witherspoon. Hell, even Moriarty who wrote a bunch of best sellers I haven't read - What Alice Forgot, Three Wishes, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Husband’s Secret - gets a producer credit.
According to Deadline other books on Witherspoon's Pacific Standard slate include M.A. Larson's Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp series of children's books about witchcrafty young things which I'm not really interested in and J.Courtney Sullivan's The Engagement, about a diamond ring and a female copywriter in the 30's, which I am. Reese also plays a supporting role in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchons Inherent Vice. In addition to The Family Fang, Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films has plans for adaptations of A.S.A. Harrison's The Silent Wife and Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McReight.
So that's what the stars are reading, what about you?
images: Nicole Kidman in Before I Go to Sleep
Reese Witherspoon in Wild