Update, Dec. 17: As reported, Vallée is now confirmed to direct all seven episodes of “Big Little Lies.” He will also serve as an exec producer with his producer partner Nathan Ross. “I am thrilled to be making my TV debut with HBO tackling this material. After reading David’s amazing scripts, I spontaneously jumped at the opportunity to reteam with Reese and Bruna, as well as collaborating with Nicole and Per,” Vallée said. Both he and Ross are repped by attorney David Weber.
“Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallée is in talks to direct David E. Kelley’s HBO limited series “Big Little Lies,” in which Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will star, Variety has learned.
The project reunites Vallée with Witherspoon, who last teamed up in the 2014 pic “Wild,” which earned the actress a Golden Globe and Oscar nom.
The project is a big get for HBO, bringing star power and creative talent to the small screen, in the vein of “True Detective’s” first season. With both Oscar winners set to star and Kelley attached as writer/producer, the limited series, which was packaged by CAA, was shopped around to various premium buyers, including Netflix, before landing at the pay-cabler.
Witherspoon and Kidman, who will both serve as exec producers on the limited series, optioned the book rights through their respective production shingles, Pacific Standard Films and Blossom Films. Also exec producing with Witherspoon, Kidman and Kelley — who is set to pen an undetermined number of episodes — is Pacific Standard’s Bruna Papandrea and Blossom Films’ Per Saari.
Vallée was also at the helm of Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Demolition,” which will be released stateside in 2016.
“Big Little Lies” is based on Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel of the same name.