Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington's limited series adaptation of “Little Fires Everywhere” has landed at Hulu with a straight-to-series order, a project that sparked a major bidding war across cable networks and streaming platforms.
Witherspoon and Washington will both star in and executive produce the project, which has received an eight-episode order. Liz Tigelaar will serve as showrunner, and is also set to write the adaptation. The series is based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller of the same name. The book traces the fallout in a suburban Ohio community when a single mother and her daughter move into the town and a custody battle erupt over a Chinese-American baby.
Witherspoon and Neustadter became aware of the book prior to its publication. Witherspoon chose the book as her September 2017 book club pick and shortly thereafter it became a bestseller. Witherspoon then brought the book to Washington, and together they approached Tigelaar to adapt it as a series.
This is the latest in a string of television projects Witherspoon is set to produce. She and Jennifer Aniston will star in as-yet untitled morning show drama for Apple, and she will executive produce “Are You Sleeping”, co-produced by Chernin Entertainment with Octavia Spencer attached to star, also for Apple. She is also set to appear in the second season of the critically-acclaimed HBO series “Big Little Lies”, which she also executive produces.
Washington has also tried her hand at producing, with the “Scandal” star set to executive produce the current ABC comedy pilot “Man of the House” starring Alyson Hannigan. She is also an executive producer on the Facebook Watch series “Five Points”.