HBO to Produce Olive Kitteridge Mini-Series
Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins to Star
Deadline reports that HBO is prepping a mini-series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins are to star in the lead roles with The Kids Are All Right writer/director Lisa Cholodenko set to direct and Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone to produce.
As previously reported, actress/award-winning playwright Jane Anderson has been recruited by McDormand (who will also co-produce the project) to adapt the book into a four-episode series.
The novel’s story centers on the goings-on (both funny and tragic) of a Maine fishing town. The titular Olive Kitterdige serves as book’s witty, snarky narrator.
McDormand will play Olive while her former Burn After Reading co-star Jenkins will play Olive’s husband, Henry.
This project has apparently been a major passion project for McDormand, who—enticed by the book upon first reading it—bought the rights to the story well before it won the Pulitzer.
Got news tips for Paste? Email email@example.com.