'UnREAL' co-creator Marti Noxon will act as showrunner; Amy Adams stars
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The TV adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, based on her 2006 debut novel, has landed at HBO with a straight-to-series order, EW has confirmed.

The eight-episode series stars Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, a young newspaper journalist based in Chicago trying to make a better life for herself following years of self-harm that landed her in a psychiatric hospital. Her burgeoning new life is upended when she must return to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to cover the murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another.

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Marti Noxon, co-creator of UnREAL, penned the pilot script and will act as showrunner. According to Deadline, which first reported the news, Flynn will also write some of the scripts. Wild helmer Jean-Marc Vallée will direct all eight episodes and co-edit the series.

Flynn wrote the best-selling novel while working as a critic at EW. The author’s breakout success came in 2012 with the publication of Gone Girl; the 2014 film adaptation, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, went on to receive mass critical acclaim and awards accolades.

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