by: Donna Whitehead
Marti Noxon is partnering with “Paranormal Activity” producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse and eOne Television to bring Gillian Flynn’s SHARP OBJECTS to TV. The “Gone Girl” author’s debut novel follows Camille, a troubled journalist who returns to her small hometown in order to cover the murder of two local girls. As she digs deeper into the story, however, she also begins to uncover disturbing truths about her own family. Noxon will write the pilot, and should the show go to series, will serve as showrunner. Flynn, Blum, and Charles Layton will executive produce. No network is attached as of yet.
“Sharp Objects” should make an interesting TV show. Typically for Flynn, the book is dark and suspenseful, but it’s also sad and thoughtful. And despite some shocking and disturbing imagery–which I’m interested to see how they would portray on screen–it’s really very understated. Blumhouse, of course, is a big name in horror, and Noxon has experience with it from her time on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” but it’s actually her experience on “Mad Men” that makes me the most hopeful. It’s that kind of reasoned, pervasive sadness that a “Sharp Objects” TV show needs.
Noxon is repped by WME.