Oscar Winner Set to Star in HBO Adaptation of Pulitzer-Winning Book Deadline
An Oscar-winning actress has been tapped to star in HBO's adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Olive Kitteridge," written by Elizabeth Strout, reports Mike Fleming Jr. on Deadline.com.
Frances McDormand, who won an Oscar in 1997 for “Fargo,” will star in the project. Also on board are "The Kids Are All Right" director Lisa Cholodenko and actor Richard Jenkins, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009 for his role in "The Visitor."
HBO will turn the book into a miniseries that tells the story of Kitteridge, a sometimes abrasive math teacher, and the Maine town she lives in.
“Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will be executive producers along with McDormand and her As Is banner and Jane Anderson,” the piece reports. “Anderson adapted the book into the four-hour mini. David Coatsworth is producing.”
Fleming adds: "Getting this cast, director and a four-hour commitment from HBO is a real testament for McDormand. I’ve been following this one for years, and it started when McDormand fell in love with the book before it won the Pulitzer. She bought it with her own money, and drafted Anderson to write the script.”