The rumoured TV adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s first novel, Sharp Objects, is definitely not gone yet, girl. In fact, it might be here to stay.
When speaking with Cinefilles following a panel for his new series, MTV’s Eye Candy, at the 2015 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Saturday, producer Jason Blum revealed that despite there being no news about it for months, the miniseries inspired by Sharp Objects is very much still in development.
“It is [happening]” Blum said in a short one-on-one scrum outside the TCA press room at the Huntington Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. “Soon we’ll have an announcement.”
Although Blum would not confirm if any stars are attached to the adaptation, which follows a reporter’s truly harrowing return to hometown to solve a series of murders of young women, he did note that Marti Noxon is still attached to the project as a writer and showrunner. At this moment in time, Noxon is also attached to the more uplifting Bravo series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, but she, like horror movie producer Blum, knows how to deal with dark subject matter having previously worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Prison Break and Mad Men.
If Blum and Noxon want to retain the extremely horrific vibe of the book, which makes Gone Girl look PG-13, you would hope they would shop the show at cable networks. And hey, now that the Gone Girl film has become an international sensation, just dropping Flynn’s name should make the project pretty attractive to buyers. What’s more, Flynn is already working with a network–cable giant HBO–on Utopia, a remake of a British series from Gone Girl director David Fincher.
When news first broke about Blum and Noxon developing a TV version of Sharp Objects last summer, the show was attached to production company Entertainment One, which is currently working on Blum’s Eye Candy. The hope was to have Flynn on board as an executive producer, just as she was with Gone Girl.
Emily is covering the 2015 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour live from the Huntington Langham Hotel from January 9 – 18. Tune in every day for new pieces and follow her tweets at @Cinefilles and @emilygagne.