Two of television’s most popular women are teaming up with Hulu for its next big project. Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are adapting Little Fires Everywhere as a limited series.
Based on the book by Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere 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.
In addition to starring, Witherspoon will produce through her company Hello Sunshine, while Washington produces through her studio Simpson Street. Liz Tigelaar (Casual) is writing and serving as showrunner.
“At Hello Sunshine, we strive to shine a light on female-driven 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.”
Witherspoon will be busy since Hello Sunshine also produces the Emmy winning Big Little Lies at HBO and she is set to produce and co-star in Apple’s morning show drama with Jennifer Aniston.
Simpson Street is developing the ABC comedy pilot Man of the House starring Alyson Hannigan and the Facebook drama Five Points.
“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.”
Hulu is hoping Little Fires Everywhere will repeat the success of its other high-profile novel adaptation The Handmaid’s Tale.
“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 Hulu Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman. “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.”
Reese Witherspoon can currently be seen on the big screen in A Wrinkle in Time and Washington is wrapping up her final season as Olivia Pope on Scandal.