Nicole Kidman and producer Bruna Papandrea have bought the film and television rights to “Nine Perfect Strangers,” the upcoming novel from “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty.
Kidman, who won Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her performance in “Big Little Lies,” will star as a bestselling romantic novelist on a 10-day retreat at a secluded health resort. She will also serve as an executive producer, along with Per Saari, for her Blossom Films production company. Papandrea will also executive produce with Steve Hutensky for her company, Made Up Stories.
Kidman, Saari and Papandrea served in the same capacity on the seven-episode HBO adaptation of “Big Little Lies,” which won eight Emmys in the limited series categories. The network subsequently ordered a second season, which is currently in production and will premiere in 2019.
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Blossom Films and Made Up Stories made a preemptive deal for the novel, which will be published in November.
At this stage, the companies have not announced whether they are eyeing a feature film, television movie or limited series adaptation.
“Simply put, Liane Moriarty is a force of nature, not just as a virtuosic author, but as a collaborator and friend,” said Kidman in a statement. “We’re beyond thrilled to be making ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ with this extraordinary woman.”
Moriarty, who will also serve as an executive producer, added, “I’m so very happy and thrilled to once again be working with Nicole, Per and Bruna. They are such talented, passionate people and I have no doubt that whatever they do with my ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ it will be brilliant. I’m honored by their faith in this book – even before I’d written ‘the end’ they believed in it, and I just feel very lucky to have had them come into my life.”
Kidman is represented in the deal by CAA, Media Talent Group and attorney Alan Wertheimer. Papandrea is represented by WME. Moriarty is represented in the deal by Jerry Kalajian of Intellectual Property Group, Fiona Inglis of Curtis Brown Australia, Faye Bender of The Book Group and attorney Matt Sugarman.
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