Julia Roberts to star in her first TV series, Today Will Be Different
Julia Roberts is doing something different. The megawatt movie star is set to play the lead role in a small-screen adaptation of Today Will Be Different, Maria Semple’s bestselling novel about a beleaguered Seattle woman whose plan to have a calm, productive day goes sideways.
In addition to starring, Roberts will produce the limited series, which marks the first project announced under Annapurna Pictures’ new TV initiative. Semple will write the adaptation and also serve as an executive producer alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle. A network is not yet on board.
Published in October, Today Will Be Different chronicles a fateful day in the life of Eleanor Flood, a former wunderkind of the New York art world who is caught in a rut as a half-desperate housewife in the Pacific Northwest.
“I’m giddy that Eleanor Flood will be brought to life by Julia Roberts and am elated to collaborate with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and the team at Annapurna on this endeavor,” Semple said in a statement Thursday. “This will be a fun ride!”
Roberts was last seen on TV in the HBO movie The Normal Heart. Semple has written for the shows Arrested Development and Mad About You, and a film adaptation of her sophomore novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, is also in the works at Annapurna, with Richard Linklater attached to direct.