After a bidding war between multiple outlets, Hulu has won the rights to bring the adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere, the best-selling sophomore novel by Shaker Heights native Celeste Ng, to television. The show will be based on Celeste Ng's bestselling novel "Little Fires Everywhere". Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected, Casual) is on board as showrunner.
"Celeste wove a lovely, riveting story that spoke to all of us, and when we heard the vision of Reese, Kerry, and Liz have for the series, we knew immediately that we had to bring it to Hulu".
Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine, Washington's Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios will produce the project. "This is exactly the type of compelling and culturally relevant content that embodies our Hulu Originals brand".
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It highlights emotion and truth of a female-driven story that is the basis of Ng's work. The production team is yet to announce the premiere date for the pilot episode.
Meanwhile, Washington's Hulu project is a follow-up to Scandal, which concludes its seventh season on April 19. She's also behind highly-anticipated upcoming projects such as Noah Hawley's (Legion, Fargo) directorial debut Pale Blue Dot, Disney's live-action Tinker Bell movie and her secretive and expensive new morning-show drama with Jennifer Aniston over at Apple. "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".
Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will executive produce for Hello Sunshine, with Washington also executive producing alongside her Simpson Street head Pilar Savone. Witherspoon's production company, Hello Sunshine, quickly secured the adaptation rights.
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Joel Stillerman, Hulu's chief content officer, released a statement on Monday expressing his excitement over landing "Little Fires Everywhere".
Witherspoon then brought the book to Washington and, together, they approached Tigelaar to adapt and showrun the limited series.
The book also deals with the relation of art in a person's journey to finding the identity and the danger of conforming to rules. Washington earned an Emmy nomination in 2013 for the role, marking the first time an African-American was nominated for best drama actress in the past 18 years.
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Ng is with UTA and The Book Group.