A Big Little Lies reunion is afoot, as Nicole Kidman reunites with writer David E. Kelley. The two are working on another adaptation for HBO.
Executive producer Bruna Papandrea will again join the two on the series, which is based on Jean Hanff Korelitz's book You Should Have Known. The limited series, which has been ordered straight out the gate by HBO, will be called The Undoing.
The psychological thriller, which revolves around Kidman's character, Grace Sachs, a successful therapist about to publish her first book. With a loving husband and son in an elite NYC private school, Sachs finds herself in turmoil following a shocking murder. The series will take in death, deception, and intrigue.
Kelley is tackling the script once again, as well as serving as showrunner and executive producer via his company, David E. Kelley Productions. Kidman will also executive produce, via her own company, Blossom Films, a firm committed to promoting female-led content. A director has yet to be confirmed.
"We're thrilled to continue our creative relationships with both Nicole and David," said HBO programming president Casey Bloys on Monday.
As for the choice to adapt this particular novel, Kelley was effusive.
"I loved this book. A character-driven psychological thriller, I'm excited about the adaptation and thrilled to be able to do it with Nicole and HBO," Kelley said.
Kidman was equally excited to reunite with the writer on this new series.
"David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its center. I'm excited and honored [to be involved]," she said.
Busy All Round
Hulu recently went straight-to-series on Little Fires Everywhere, starring Big Little Lies alum Reese Witherspoon. Kidman and Blossom Films are teaming up with Witherspoon on bringing Laine Moriarty's, author of Big Little Lies, next novel, Truly Madly Guilty to the screen. There are no details as yet.
Big Little Lies was a massive hit for all involved, with Kidman, in particular, nabbing an Emmy, Golden Globe, and a SAG Award, for her role on the show as Celeste Wright.
The highly-anticipated second season, which the network confirmed just three months ago, drops next year. Most of the original team are returning, alongside Oscar winner Meryl Streep. Celebrated filmmaker Andrea Arnold is set to direct.
The Undoing joins an impressive roster of must-watch original drama shows on HBO including the unstoppable Game of Thrones, Westworld, and True Detective.