HBO's Adaptation of 'Sharp Objects' Finally Starts Filming in March
HBO's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's debut novel has been in the works for a while. The project finally got a boost last spring, when we learned it would be a TV series and not a film. While the news came hot on the heels of Flynn's other novel, Gone Girl, became a bit of a hit for David Fincher, and veteran writer (Mad Men, Buffy) Marti Noxon suggested TV was the way to go.
The series is set up at HBO, with Amy Adams attached to star, and production now officially begins in March, we've learned. The series will follow a reporter fresh out of a psych hospital who returns to her small hometown to cover the murder of two preteen girls.
Dallas Buyers Club's Jean-Marc Valee is directing the series. Speaking to Collider about his new limited series, also for HBO, Big Little Lies, he said "it was supposed to be a movie first, but Marti Noxon is the guilty one. She's the one that went to eOne because eOne had the right, and then they went to HBO.
"She went to Gillian, eOne and HBO and said, ‘This is a TV series. This is not a film. Here’s why.’ She had a plan and a vision, and here we are, shooting eight episodes. We’re starting very soon. I committed to that before Big Little Lies. I was working with Amy Adams on the Janis [Joplin] project that we’re finally not doing, and she invited me to play in her new sandbox, doing a TV series. And then, Reese [Witherspoon] came and said, ‘I want you to come do this first, since that’s not ready.’ I said to Reese, ‘Okay, I’ll do Episodes 1 and 2 because I won’t have time [to do more]. I have to do Sharp Objects.’ And then, here we are.”
Filming begins March 6, which will be a quick turnaround for Adams from doing the awards rounds to jumping into her next project. The show doesn't have a release date, but expect it some time in 2018.