HBO to Develop a limited series based on the Gillian Flynn novel “Dark Places

Certainly! HBO is in the process of developing a limited series based on Gillian Flynn’s novel “Dark Places,” as reported by Variety.

Gillian Flynn, the author of the novel, will play a key role in the project as a co-creator, writer, and co-showrunner. She retains the rights to the novel. Brett Johnson is also on board as a co-showrunner, co-creator, and writer, while Guerrin Gardner is credited as a co-creator and writer. Blue Marble Pictures’ Theresa Kang and Caroline Garity, along with Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, will serve as executive producers.

Originally published in 2009, “Dark Places” is now being adapted into a limited series by HBO. The series will see a collaboration of creative minds to bring this intriguing story to life.

“Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in the famous 1985 ‘Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.’ She survived—and famously testified that her teenage brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, a pair of mother/daughter true crime ‘detectives’ locate a grownup Libby and pump her for details, believing that Ben is innocent. Libby, having spent her youth working the talk show circuit, hopes to once again turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings —for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist traps, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.”

If the project moves forward, it would mark the latest adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novels for the screen. “Dark Places” itself was previously made into a film in 2015 starring Charlize Theron, but it didn’t perform exceptionally well at the box office, grossing only $5.1 million globally. Gillian Flynn has a history of successful collaborations with HBO, notably with the limited series “Sharp Objects,” which starred Amy Adams and earned multiple Emmy nominations. Flynn’s best-known work, “Gone Girl,” became a hit film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, with Flynn herself writing the screenplay. She has also contributed to projects like “Utopia” on Amazon and the feature film “Widows.”

Brett Johnson and Guerrin Gardner, who are part of this project, bring their unique experiences to the table. The two have been married for over a decade. Johnson, known for co-creating the Emmy-winning Showtime limited series “Escape at Dannemora,” has an impressive writing portfolio that includes shows like “Ray Donovan,” “Mad Men,” and the Hulu limited series “Candy.” Gardner, with writing credits for short films like “Chowchilla” and “Blind on Blind,” has also appeared onscreen in “Escape at Dannemora.”

Gillian Flynn is represented by WME, Levine/Greenberg/Rostan Literary Agency, Blue Marble Management, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Brett Johnson is represented by UTA and Yorn Levine. Guerrin Gardner is represented by Vanguard Management Group. This collaboration brings together a talented team with diverse skills, promising an engaging adaptation of “Dark Places” for HBO audiences. Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting venture!

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