March 14, 2018
Reese Witherspoon is adapting Little Fires Everywhere for Hulu
by Alex Primiani
Hulu has outbid other streaming companies and premium cable channels, winning rights to Reese Witherspoon’s adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel Little Fires Everywhere, reports Lauren Evans for Jezebel.
No doubt inspired by the book’s instantly becoming a New York Times bestseller and garnering praise from nearly every major media outlet upon its release last September, Witherspoon announced earlier this month that her production company, Hello Sunshine, would be adapting the book, with Scandal actress Kerry Washington joining as co-star and co-executive producer. Liz Tigelaar (co-writer on such shows as Revenge and Once Upon A Time, and creator of the CW’s Life Unexpected) will join as show runner and write the tv adaptation. Ng will serve as a producer.
The novel, set in the nineties, deals with the repercussions of a single mother and her teenage daughter’s settling in the upscale community of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Upon winning the bid, Hulu’s chief content officer Joel Stillerman said in a statement:
Celeste wove a beautiful, riveting story that spoke to all of us, and when we heard the vision Reese, Kerry and Liz have for the series, we knew immediately that we had to bring it to Hulu. We’re honored to bring this powerful story to the screen with Hello Sunshine, in their first studio project. This is exactly the type of compelling and culturally relevant content that embodies our Hulu Originals brand.
Witherspoon’s love of books is well-known; she’s been instagramming and book-clubbing her favorite titles for years (Little Fires Everywhere was her book club pick last September). More recently, Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine struck gold with HBO’s adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, which won eight Emmies in 2017. A second season is set to air in early 2019.
Alex Primiani is senior publicist at Melville House.