Will Gillian Flynn’s ‘Sharp Objects’ Show Meet Fan Expectations?

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The film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel Gone Girl isn’t making its highly anticipated debut in theaters until early October, but the author is already on her way to conquering television as well. Entertainment One Television is reportedly working on turning her first novel, 2006’s Sharp Objects, into an hourlong drama series.

According to Deadline, Flynn will executive produce the show alongside Jason Blum and Charles Layton. Marti Noxon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will write the script and serve as showrunner.

Sharp Objects follows the story of Camille Preaker, a newspaper journalist who leaves her home to stay at a mental hospital only to immediately be thrown into the investigation of a murder case involving two young girls. But in order to properly cover the case, Preaker must also confront her own difficult past. The book, which kicked off the dark, gothic tone of all of Flynn’s novels so far, was well received by critics, one of whom called the work “piercing” and terrifying.

There’s no question that Flynn’s novels each lend themselves well to screen adaptation, thanks in large part to her masterful way of both shocking and thrilling readers with her twisted and usually haunting story lines. With two screen adaptations for her second and third novels already underway, it only makes sense for her first novel to be adapted, too, albeit on a smaller screen.

In addition to Gone Girl (starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the leading roles of Nick and Amy Dunne), hitting theaters this fall, a film based on her second novel, Dark Places (starring Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks as Libby and Patty Day), will also hit theaters in September.