Monday, March 12, 2018

Hulu Lands Drama 'Little Fires Everywhere' Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington

Following a significant bidding war, Hulu has given a series order to the original drama series Little Fires Everywhere starring Oscar and Emmy winner Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies) and Emmy nominee Kerry Washington (Scandal). A premiere window for the eight-episode drama was not immediately announced.

Based on the book by Celeste Ng, the drama follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood - and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Liz Tigelaar (Casual, Life Unexpected) is writing the adaptation. She executive produces with Witherspoon, Washington, Pilar Savone and Lauren Neustadter. Ng will serve as a producer. ABC Signature, Hello Sunshine and Simpson Street Productions will produce.

"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," said Joel Stillerman, Chief Content Officer, 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."

"At Hello Sunshine, we strive to shine a light on female-drive stories that are rooted in inspiration, emotion and truth - all of which form the bedrock of Celeste Ng's ingenious work," said Witherspoon. "Hulu has a rich history of transforming groundbreaking literature into groundbreaking television, and we are confident that their talented team will use this story to spur a long-overdue dialogue around race, class, and what it means to be a mother. With Kerry Washington, Liz Tigelaar and now Hulu, Hello Sunshine has brought together a dream lineup of creative collaborators, and we are privileged and humbled to have the opportunity to work with them to bring this important project to life."

"As producers, we at Simpson Street are so proud to be part of this team to tell this extraordinary story inspired by Celeste Ng's phenomenal novel and we are thrilled to be embarking on this journey with Hulu," said Washington. "As an actress, I am floored to have the opportunity to work alongside Reese Witherspoon exploring the rich themes of this story playing these dynamic characters."