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Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' Scores a Series Adaptation and a Surprising A-List Actress

By Cindy Davis | Industry | February 22, 2016 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | February 22, 2016 |

Most of us who’ve read author Gillian Flynn’s relatively short novels have swallowed them nearly whole, in a single night bite (and like many binges, maybe regretted the quick indulgence). So, it’s no surprise that following the film adaptations of Gone Girl and Dark Places, her third book — though first published — is being brought to a screen. What is interesting is that Sharp Objects is going to television, not film, and with a surprising A-List actress playing Camille Preaker. Not to say that she can’t do dark, but if you were thinking of a broken, haunted and scarred woman with a history of cutting, Amy Adams might not be the first actress that comes to mind. Perhaps, that’s exactly why she’s doing it.


THR reports Flynn’s creepy debut, first imagined as a TV movie, is now being shopped to streaming and cable outlets as a series. I’m curious how this will all play out because, of the author’s offerings, Sharp Objects was by far my least favorite; it felt like crawling into a deep, dingy hole and wanting nothing more than to quickly get out. Generally, it’s about a damaged and fragile journalist who goes back to her hometown to cover a serial murder story, and ends up sucked back into the nightmarish family stuff that drove her away (and to a psychiatric hospital stint). Thinking back, if I hadn’t read Gone Girl first, I’d probably not have wanted to finish Objects, and I can’t say it’s a book that I’d like to recall or revisit. Despite Adams’ likability and star power, I have a hard time imagining wanting to see the story played out on any screen. So, all of this to say, “Weird?”

Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyer’s Club, Wild) is slated to direct the series; Marti Noxon (UnREAL, Mad Men, Glee) will serve as showrunner.

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