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.