HBO Gets Its Hands on Sharp Objects

The TV adaptation of Sharp Objects, the first novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, finally has a home. HBO won the rights to air the show’s first season, though not before they got into a bidding war with some other industry giants.

HBO had to outbid Netflix, which went after the show almost as aggressively as HBO did, Deadline reports. It’s not hard to see why so many distributors wanted the rights: since the massive success of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s work has been in high demand. Gone Girl got the movie treatment in 2014, and did very well at the box office. Dark Places followed in 2015, and while it wasn’t quite as well received, it’s led to continued interest in the film and TV rights to Flynn’s work.


The Sharp Objects adaptation was extra enticing to HBO because star Amy Adams (Batman V Superman) has already signed on to play the lead role in the project. Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) will direct the series, while Marti Noxon (UnReal) is the showrunner. Before it became a television series, the project was planned as a movie.

Sharp Objects should be as appealing to thriller and mystery fans as it was to HBO. The story follows a reporter named Camille Preaker (Adams) as she returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two preteen girls. In typical Flynn fashion, things get complicated fast: Preaker is an unreliable narrator and begins to identify strongly with the two victims.


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