Gillian Flynn has written three deliciously demented books. Two have been adapted so far, one great and one not-so-great, and the third is on its way (which, ironically, is her first book). HBO has announced today that the network is ordering 8 episodes of Sharp Objects, originally published in 2006, with Amy Adams set to star.
Adams will play Camille Preaker, a journalist from Chicago recovering from a few years of self-harm that ultimately led her into a psychiatric hospital. But, like most of Flynn’s works, something else is going on, and soon enough Camille has to fly back to her hometown in Missouri to get to the bottom of a teenage girl’s murder.
Most excitingly, HBO’s adaptation will be headed up by Marti Noxon, who co-created last summer’s surprise hit UnREAL on Lifetime. Noxon has already written the pilot and will be showrunner on the series, with Flynn herself stepping in to write a few scripts. To further ensure that this doesn’t turn into another Dark Places, Jean-Marc Vallée (director of Wild) has been hired to direct and co-edit every episode.
Since we’re so far out, HBO gave no release window for Sharp Objects, or hinted at other possibilities of the cast that will be joining Adams on the show. When they do, however, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.