Robert Redford is returning to HBO with a two-year first look deal at the premium cable network. The first project in development under the pact is THE BURGESS BOYS, a miniseries based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout.
Published in 2013, The Burgess Boys follows two brothers who are haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, and recounts their eventual return to Maine where long-buried tensions surface in ways that change them forever. Redford optioned the New York Times bestseller last year and will executive produce the miniseries under his Wildwood Enterprises banner. Marcus Hinchey is set to script the adaptation.
Redford has produced a number of docu-series, including Chigagoland, Death Row Stories, and AMC’s upcoming The West. The Burgess Boys marks a return to both scripted television and HBO for the Oscar-winning actor-filmmaker. Through Wildwood, Redford executive produced the 1996 HBO film Grand Avenue. He also produced a series of movies for PBS based on Tony Hillerman’s mystery novels.
HBO has already achieved critical acclaim with a miniseries based on Strout’s writing. The net earned 8 Emmy nominations last year for Olive Kitteridge, adapted from Strout’s Pulitzer-winning novel of the same name. Strout’s other novels include the bestsellers Abide with Me and Amy and Isabelle. Her next novel, My Name Is Lucy Barton, will be published next Tuesday, January 12.
Redford is repped by WME.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer