HBO Orders Nicole Kidman Limited Series Thriller The Undoing

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has ordered The Undoing straight to series.

Based on Jean Hanff Korelitz's 2014 novel You Should Have Known, the limited run series follows Grace Sachs, a therapist whose picture-perfect Upper East Side foundation is suddenly shaken when a fellow mother is found dead - and Grace's husband is suddenly unreachable. The story also involves the disappearance of Grace's husband, which in turns leads to a number of discoveries that forever change her life.

David E. Kelley, creator of Boston Legal, Chicago Hope, The Practice, and Ally McBeal, wrote and executive-produced Big Little Lies, along with Kidman and Papandrea. Kidman again executive produces with Per Saari through their Blossom Films alongside another BLL executive producer, Bruna Papandrea, vie Made Up Stories.

A search for a director is underway, HBO said. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

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Kelley added, "I loved this book, a character-driven psychological thriller".

And it wasn't just the network excited to see the adaptation take off, with Nicole sharing her excitement as well. Grace must dismantle her life and start anew after "a chain of awful revelations", a missing husband and a violent murder.

Kelley will executive produce The Undoing through David E. Kelley Productions and will serve as the showrunner. Kidman won the Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award for her role as Celeste Wright in Big Little Lies. "I'm excited and honored to continue collaborating with HBO and David E. Kelley", she said.

The Undoing joins HBO's red-hot roster of dramas, which features Game of Thrones, Westworld, True Detective, Sharp Objects, The Deuce, Here and Now, The New Pope, Demimonde, and Lovecraft Country.

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