HBO expands the world of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects but keeps its dramatic core intact

2006’s Sharp Objects announced Gillian Flynn as a major talent on the literary thriller scene. It was no surprise that she built on the success of that critically acclaimed and best-selling debut with Gone Girl and Dark Places, both turned into feature films already. But it was her first book that HBO deemed worthy of…

Sharp Objects begins with a redemption story wrapped in a murder mystery 

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Toward the end of the first episode of Sharp Objects, a teenage girl tells her half-sister that, “Mama says I’m incorrigible.” Her tone winks with mischief, her words bright with a quicksilver menace. She’s wearing a prim, floral-patterned dress, her mother’s living doll (as she has called herself only moments before)…

Sharp Objects is a gripping rumination on who perpetrates—and perpetuates—violence

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Nothing proves the summer TV landscape has shifted quite like debuting some Emmy bait in the wake of Independence Day. And Sharp Objects, the HBO adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel of the same name, proves itself an early contender for next year’s awards. Showrunner Marti Noxon deftly interprets and…

Patricia Clarkson is returning to HBO in the Gillian Flynn adaptation Sharp Objects

Actress Patricia Clarkson has done her share of television; heck, before breaking through as a film actress in the late 1990s, she even co-starred in a network legal drama, the short-lived, ahead-of-its-time Murder One. But the small-screen part of her career is almost entirely defined by one Emmy-winning guest star…

Universal snatches up con woman story from Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn

Now that Hollywood has put at least a token effort into adapting all three of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s so-far published novels, its hit-hungry executives are voraciously moving on to the author’s short fiction in their search of new and buzzworthy material to adapt. To that end, and after what Variety is…

HBO might abandon both of David Fincher’s in-development series

David Fincher’s reign as the Shonda Rhimes of HBO might end even before it begins following news of budgetary troubles on his in-development series Utopia, one of Fincher’s two HBO series now reportedly in peril. Deadline reported that Utopia, Fincher’s adaptation of a British drama about a mysterious graphic novel…

What book did you finally get around to reading in 2014?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn will write all episodes of David Fincher’s HBO series

Having seen their most recent creative relationship become a great success, Gone Girl’s David Fincher and Gillian Flynn are next set to reteam for Utopia—an HBO series that differs from the reality show of the same name, in that people want to watch it. And now there’s even greater reason to anticipate it: On the…