Fans of Liane Moriarty’s best selling murder mystery Big Little Lies (available OnDemand on HBO Canada) were ecstatic when HBO announced they were turning the novel into a seven-part series.
The all-star cast that featured Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Adam Scott, Alexander Skarsgard and award-winning Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée, brought the series from the page to the small screen. Straying only slightly from the book, including changing the location from Australia to California, the limited series was a huge success, with rumours of Emmy nominations for members of the cast, especially Kidman, already swirling.
The seven-part series, which aired on HBO this spring, concluded with essentially the same ending as the book, although the fallout from the pivotal death was altered. While the book version included the responsible party being identified and receiving some legal repercussions, the TV version ended with no charges filed and a shot of the detective on the case watching the five mothers. This unfinished case could lead the way to a second season, and if it’s up to co-producers Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, a second season is in the future.
Witherspoon appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show this week and confirmed that she is in talks with Moriarty to write a follow-up to Big Little Lies. When DeGeneres brought up the possibility of a second season, Witherspoon responded by saying “We hope so. I mean, I feel like it’s — Nicole [Kidman] and I produced as well, so we’ve been talking to the writer, Liane Moriarty, who wrote the book, about just new ideas of what these characters could do. But it seems like people just love the characters, so hopefully we can go on.”
Rumblings about a second season began even before the finale aired in March. Possible scenarios have included going deeper in the backstory of Bonnie, played by Zoe Kravitz, including her history with domestic abuse, something that is touched on in the novel but not in the series.
With Witherspoon’s involvement now confirmed, we have a good feeling about the future of a second season. The actor has become the second-coming of Oprah Winfrey, turning books into bestsellers with a single tweet and helping to turn novels like Wild and Gone Girl into films. Witherspoon has also optioned the film adaptation of Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive and, along with Kidman, acquired the rights to Moriarty’s 2016 novel Truly Madly Guilty.