The project, which is based on the Jean Hanff Korelitz book You Should Have Known, will reunite the 50-year-old Australian actress with Big Little Lies executive producer David E. Kelley, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Nicole Kidman gained universal attention in her turn as Rae Ingram in Dead Calm, Philip Noyce's critically acclaimed psychological thriller. She's a successful therapist on the brink of publishing her first book, has a devoted husband and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Instead, there's a mystery.
The novel on which the story is inspired was released in 2014 under the title You Should Have Known. "I'm excited and honored to continue collaborating with HBO and David E. Kelly", said Nicole Kidman.
Kelley and Kidman will both serve as executive producers, with Kelley writing the whole season, though an episode total has yet to be determined. Kidman will exec produce via her Blossom Films banner, with the company's Per Saari also attached.
A search for a director is underway, HBO said. There's no timetable set for the limited series, but it will likely be a priority for HBO as Big Little Lies Season 2 comes to a close, and it's a nice way for the network to keep part of that BLL family together for another high-profile adaptation. Blossom is now developing an adaptation of the books The Silent Wife, Reconstructing Amelia, Janice Lee's best-seller The Expatriates, and the off-Broadway vampire play Cuddles.
HBO is re-teaming three of the driving forces behind "Big Little Lies" for the its next big miniseries.
"I loved this book", said Kelley, "A character driven psychological thriller, I'm excited about the adaptation and thrilled to be able to do it with Nicole and HBO".
Kidman won an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award for her role as Celeste Wright on Big Little Lies.
Kelley is represented by CAA and attorney Michael Gendler.