Star of the big screen Amy Adams will be making the move to television with the mini-series based on Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects. The adaptation is being shopped to cable outlets and streaming services (read Netflix), and Amy Adams obviously brings more cache to the project.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the novel Sharp Objects, published in 2006 by Gillian Flynn, has a similar following to Gone Girl, which was also turned into a successful movie. Amy Adams will be playing the lead, Camille Preaker, a reporter who has just come from a stay in a psych hospital, who has to return to cover a story in her hometown. This is a very meaty role for the actress, who generally takes projects to new limits.
Vanity Fair believes that Amy Adams will be bringing some light to what was a very dark novel. The magazine says the last time Amy Adams made a television appearance, in an arc in the American version of The Office, she was very memorable as “Hot Girl” Katy, who had a bit of a drinking problem.
As Camille Preaker, Amy Adams will be writing about a small town mystery while uncovering her own mysterious past.
“For years, Camille hardly has spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful 13-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.”
As with most things written by Gillian Flynn, there is a dark, psychological component, with unexpected twists and turns. But many are wondering why Sharp Objects wasn’t made into a big screen movie like Gone Girl. It is being reported that because the tones are similar, it was thought that it would be better to unravel in a mini-series than in a two-hour film. It is easier to develop cliffhangers and anticipation over a series than in a one-and-done movie. The director, Jean-Marc Vallee, says the series will be more of a “slow-burn” and “psychological puzzle” which couldn’t be achieved in a movie.
But Bustle says that the next big question from fans of Amy Adams and Gillian Flynn is when will they get to see the Sharp Objects series. The novel, which has more twists and turns than can be described in words without giving too much away, still doesn’t have an exact air date, but it is reported that since the series was just cast, it likely won’t have a 2016 release.
But the cast, including Amy Adams, should give fans of Flynn encouragement that the best things are worth waiting for. And the director and writing team are also first-rate. With such great projects in series form like The Affair and Bloodlines, it’s nice for fans to know something new will be streaming soon.
Are you a fan of Gillian Flynn and Amy Adams? Are you looking forward to Sharp Objects?
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