Big Little Lies actor and executive producer Nicole Kidman is reuniting with the show’s creator, David E. Kelley, for the limited series THE UNDOING at HBO. The project is based on the book You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Kidman will again star and executive produce with Per Saari for Blossom Films while Kelley will write and executive produce. Bruna Papandrea will executive produce for Made Up Stories.
The story follows Grace Sachs who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist on the brink of publishing her first book, has a devoted husband and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Weeks before her book is published, a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. 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.
“David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its center,” said Kidman. “I’m excited and honored to continue collaborating with HBO and David E Kelly.”
Kidman, Kelley, Papanadrea, and HBO found great success this past year with their breakout hit Big Little Lies which won eight Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes.
“We’re thrilled to continue our creative relationships with both Nicole and David,” said Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, “and can’t wait to bring this show to life.”
With the success of Big Little Lies, its stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have been utilizing the momentum to get other projects moving. For Kidman, it’s been the second season of Big Little Lies, The Undoing, as well as an adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madley Guilty. Witherspoon on the hand has spread the wealth a bit more. She’s starring in a morning talk show drama with Jennifer Aniston and executive producing a comedy starring Kristen Wiig, both for Apple, and it was just announced she’ll star in a limited series with Kerry Washington at Hulu.
In addition to The Undoing and Big Little Lies season two, Kelley has premiered his other series Goliath and Mr. Mercedes this year.
The deal for Blossom Films was brokered by CAA and attorney Alan Werthheimer and the deal for Made Up Stories was negotiated by WME. Kelley is represented by CAA and Michael Gendler. Kidman is represented by CAA, Media Talent Group, and Shanahan Management in Australia.
Emily J | Managing Editor