Reese Witherspoon is continuing to tackle television following the successful Big Little Lies, the HBO series she co-starred in and co-executive produced with Nicole Kidman.
From Big Little Lies to Little Fires Everywhere, an adaptation of the bestselling book by Celeste Ng, who will be producing here. Witherspoon has signed up to star in and executive produce the limited series adaptation, teaming up with Scandal star Kerry Washington in the same capacity. Witherspoon is exec producing via her Hello Sunshine umbrella and Washington via Simpson Street, with ABC Studios’ cable/streaming division ABC Signature Studios on board as well.
The book takes place in Shaker Heights, Ohio and follows two families in the ’90s who are brought together through their children. Here’s an excerpt of the novel’s synopsis via Amazon:
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Writing the adaptation is Liz Tigelaar, an executive producer on Hulu series Casual and whose television writing credits include Brothers & Sisters, Once Upon a Time, Revenge and Bates Motel. Tigelaar will serve as showrunner and will also be on board as executive producer.
Deadline reports that there is currently “strong interest” from the networks that are receiving pitches. Expect a big company to jump on board very soon.
Oscar winner Witherspoon will be reprising her role as Madeline Martha Mackenzie in Big Little Lies‘ second season, which is expected to kick off on HBO later this year.