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After having success with the drama series The Leftovers, HBO is reuniting with author Tom Perrotta, having ordered a pilot for the comedy MRS. FLETCHER, based on his bestselling novel. Kathryn Hahn is attached to star with indie filmmaker Nicole Holefcener on board to direct and exec. produce.
Perrotta adapted his own novel for the comedy pilot and will also exec. produce the series that had been in development at HBO for some time. Perrotta’s novel was published in August 2017 by Simon & Schuster.
The series will be about divorced mother Eve Fletcher, to be played by Hahn, and her college-bound son, as they each explore their respective freedom. After dropping her only child off at college and returning to an empty next, Eve decides to use this time to kick-start her renewed sex life. The show is meant as a “dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of internet porn and social media on our most intimate relationships.” The young male lead hasn’t been cast yet but should be announced soon.
Jessi Klein and Sarah Condon will also act as executive producers along with Holofcener and Perrotta.
Mrs. Fletcher is one of the comedies in development at HBO along with Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s space comedy pilot Avenue 5 and Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s Camping, starring Jennifer Garner, which just received a straight-to-series order.
Represented by the Gersh Agency, Lighthouse Management & Media and Schreck Rose, Hahn has long been an underrated comedy ringer who would steal many scenes in which she appeared (but in a good way). She received an Emmy nomination for her role in the Amazon series Transparent, plus she also appeared on the series I Love Dick. Hahn recently starred in Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life, which was one of the opening premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, plus she starred in Bad Moms, its sequel A Bad Moms Christmas and Fun Mom Dinner. She also played a mother in Captain Fantastic and Flower, although Private Life is a fertility comedy about her trying to become a Mom.
A treasured independent filmmaker, Holofcener has worked extensively with Catherine Keener in many of her early films including Please Give, Friends With Money, Lovely & Amazing and Walking and Talking. Holofcener also directed James Gandolfini in one of his last performances in Enough Said with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Her most recent film which she wrote, directed and produced is The Land of Steady Habits for Netflix, starring Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco and Thomas Mann. Holefcener has also directed extensively for television including shows like Parks & Recreation, Orange is the New Black, Togetherness and Enlightened, the latter two for HBO. She is represented by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor