HBO has loaded up its miniseries adaptation of a Pulitzer-Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout novel adaptation.
Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”) will direct and Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins will star in “Olive Kitteridge.”
Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will exec produce alongside McDormand and her As Is banner, along with Jane Anderson, who adapted the book into this four-hour miniseries. David Coastworth will produce.
McDormand plays Olive, who tells the story of a New England town that looks normal on the surface but is full of love affairs, crime and tragedy. Jenkins plays Olive’s husband Henry. Olive is described in the press release as “at times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her.”
McDormand apparently bankrolled the script herself, and picked Anderson to pen the script.
McDormand is represented by WME and Circle of Confusion. Jenkins is represented by Gersh and Bill Treusch, while Cholodenko is repped by ICM Partners and Partizan.