‘Sharp Objects’ Season 2 Is a ‘Maybe’ Says Creator Marti Noxon

The HBO limited series Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams, was a massive hit for the cable network in 2018. Though comprised of just eight episodes, audiences eagerly devoured the drama about a woman who returns to her southern hometown to report on a mystery. Here’s what we know about the potential for a Season 2 or sequel of some kind.

Marti Noxon, Gillian Flynn, Amy Adams, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Jean-Marc Vallée, and Patricia Clarkson of Sharp Objects | Robby Klein/Getty Images

What is Sharp Objects about?

Here’s a no-spoilers recap of Sharp Objects Season 1: Adams’ Camille Preaker is a journalist living in St. Louis, Missouri. Her editor asks her to report on a scandal occurring in her own hometown, where two girls have gone missing. Preaker is hesitant to return to Wind Gap, as it forces her to reconnect with her family, including her mother, stepfather, and teenage stepsister. Throughout the season, as she unravels the mystery, Preaker herself begins to unravel, and the audience learns more and more about her difficult childhood and mental illness.

The miniseries is based on the novel of the same name

Sharp Objects is also the name of a novel by Gillian Flynn. You might recognize her name: Flynn is also the author of Gone Girl, upon which the 2014 feature film starring Ben Affleck was based, and Dark Places, which inspired the Charlize Theron movie.

From the beginning, HBO was insistent that this was a limited series. “We’re not talking about a Season 2,” creator Marti Noxon said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in 2018. “This is it, so bask in it while you can.”

Noxon has since adjusted her original statement

Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Unreal) has relented a bit since her original comments. In an interview with Vanity Fair she talked about the unlikelihood of creating more Sharp Objects, saying, “I mean, I never say never, I guess. I think for us, it’s less about whether…you know, that team, it was pretty hard to assemble in the first place. The idea of doing [that again] seems next to impossible.”

Noxon may be referring to the difficulty of getting Adams back on board. In addition to the Oscar-nominees demanding schedule, it also sounds as though she’s not eager to return to the character. HBO executive Casey Bloys followed up Noxon’s original statement by saying of Adams, “I believe she doesn’t want to play that character again, which I completely understand. It’s a lot to take on, and without her I just don’t see [doing another season].”

Here’s what she’s saying now

In March 2019 at SXSW, Noxon was a keynote speaker. She spoke about many of her past projects, including Sharp Objects, which is part of her “Self-Harm trilogy” along with Netflix film To the Bone and the short-lived AMC series Dietland. As someone who has struggled with many of these issues herself, Sharp Objects was a part of the creator’s journey to “get inside addiction.”

So it’s not surprising that this is something she might be interested in exploring further. In her speech, Noxon said, “Maybe there will be a sequel, maybe we’ll get to find out [more about Adora and Camille’s sister],.” She added that she’s discussed this with Flynn, saying, “Gillian and I have thoughts on it.” It sounds like we’ll have to wait and see if the plans come to fruition.

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