Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects picked up by HBO

sobjectsEver since Gillian Flynn hit big with Gone Girl, anything attached to her name has been (rightly) coveted. Since the global success of the aforementioned best-seller, Flynn has worked with director David Fincher on bringing Gone Girl to the big screen as well as a cancelled-before-transmission project to bring Channel 4’s Utopia to an HBO audience. But that experience hasn’t deterred the subscription cable broadcaster from working with Flynn – or her material – again.

We’ve known that Flynn’s 2006 novel, Sharp Objects, had been optioned by production companies Entertainment One and Blumhouse and was primed for an adaptation. But now, Deadline reports, cable broadcaster HBO has snapped up the broadcast rights. What’s more, Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams is now attached to star.

This is how Deadline broke the news:

In a very competitive situation, Sharp Objects, the high-profile drama series project starring Amy Adams that was by Entertainment One and Blumhouse in February, has landed at HBO with an eight-episode straight-to-series first season order. B

The serialized drama is an adaptation of Flynn’s 2006 best-selling debut thriller novel Sharp Objects. It originated as a feature at Alliance Films, where the book was optioned in 2011 by Blumhouse. The project morphed into a TV series as it was being developed at Blumhouse, while Alliance was acquired by eOne.

Sharp Objects centres on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who, fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

The good news for British viewers is that Sky, of its exclusive deal with HBO, will be the network to show it in the UK. Could be a goodie.


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