In 2012, author Gillian Flynn took the world by storm with her deliciously dark thriller Gone Girl. The book, a twisted look at a marriage gone wrong, sold like hot cakes as word of mouth spread about its main twist. (I would argue against calling it a twist but I’ll spare you all because that’s another essay entirely). Flynn really knew how to write an intriguing thriller. As it turns out, Gone Girl was actually her third full-length novel. Some of you may have guessed by now what her first one was, and if you guessed a little ditty called Sharp Objects, you would be correct. If not, well then you’re not exactly the SHARPEST tool in the shed, are you? (I don’t apologize for puns).
Lucky for us, Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée has taken another HBO miniseries adaptation under his wing with Sharp Objects. The book’s official synopsis goes as follows:
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims — a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story — and survive this homecoming.
One of Gone Girl‘s strengths was presenting us with an incredibly complicated female lead. And as you can see, that’s a skill Flynn has flaunted from the beginning. The eight-episode miniseries adaptation stars Amy Adams as Camille and Patricia Clarkson as her mother Adora. And with such acting heavyweights involved (there’s six Oscar nominations between the two of them), we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Having read the book myself, I can say that the relationship dynamic between the two characters is fascinatingly layered. The thought of watching Adams and Clarkson navigate those waters should be an absolute treat, and honestly has me mopping up the drool from my floor as we speak.
The show is currently in production and EW caught the first couple glimpses of Adams and Clarkson in character to whet our appetite. Check ’em out below.
Sharp Objects will premiere on HBO in the summer of 2018.