Leading independent studio Entertainment One Television (eOne Television) will develop and produce Sharp Objects, a one-hour serialized drama television series based on the novel of the same name by award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Gillian Flynn, who will also serve as an executive producer. Marti Noxon will serve as showrunner and writer on the project. Blumhouse Productions will produce.
NOVEL SYNOPSIS: Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
Sharp Objects (Crown Publishers, 2006) was Flynn’s debut novel. The novel was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards – the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year.
Flynn’s most recent novel, Gone Girl (Crown Publishers, 2012), has been on the New York Times best-seller list for over 87 weeks and has garnered a slew of accolades including: New York Times critic Janet Maslin’s 10 Favorite Books of 2012; Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year; Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel; Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best of the Year; Macavity Award nominee for Best Mystery Novel; Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel; the Women’s Prize nominee for Fiction; and Strand Critics Award nominee. The novel is currently being produced as a feature film from Twentieth Century Fox, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, from a script that Flynn adapted. The film will be released in theaters on October 3rd of this year. Flynn’s other novel, Dark Places, wrapped production as a feature film and stars Charlize Theron.
Noxon created two drama series set for launch later in 2014: Girlfriends Guide to Divorce at Bravo, and Un-Real at Lifetime. This success follows stints as a writer and showrunner on series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, Glee, and Grey’s Anatomy. Her recent feature credits include I AM NUMBER FOUR, FRIGHT NIGHT and the upcoming TINK.
John Morayniss, CEO eOne Television, and Michael Rosenberg, eOne EVP US Scripted Television, will oversee the project for the company.
eOne Television will handle worldwide distribution for the series.