Amy Adams and Laura Dern are making all of Prestige Twitter’s dreams come true by teaming up on a new TV project. Per Variety, the two are executive producing a new series for HBO based on the novel The Most Fun We Ever Had. Yes, they’re just producing, not starring in the project…but we can dream, can’t we? The Most Fun could be the Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies crossover event we never knew we wanted! Give the people what they want and such, isn’t that the heart of showbiz?
Alas, these are just dreams for now. But The Most Fun certainly sounds like something that’s easily in Dern and Adams’s wheelhouse. The novel, by Claire Lombardo, tells the story of a married couple, the Sorensens, and their four daughters over the course of 40 years. There’s got to be something for Dern and Adams to do there, right? According to an NPR review, the two eldest daughters are Wendy, “an unapologetic gold digger,” and Violet, an “overachiever…accustomed to being the good girl.” How can Dern and Adams resist such interesting parts? More important, how could they deprive us, the loyal audience, of what would certainly be Emmy-winning performances?
HBO has already guided Dern to an Emmy, as she snatched a statuette in 2017 for her turn as the vicious Renata Klein in Big Little Lies. Adams, meanwhile, was nominated for a Emmy for her dark work in Sharp Objects, the crime series based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name. But even though it had all the sheen one could hope for in a show, along with strong reviews from critics, Sharp Objects didn’t quite connect on the awards circuit, leaving this year’s Emmys empty-handed (although Adams did tie with Patricia Arquette for best actress in a limited series at this year’s topsy-turvy Critics’ Choice Television Awards). Perhaps The Most Fun will be the project that guides Adams to her first Emmy. Execs at HBO will not know peace until they have secured a statuette for her ledge.
The Most Fun will also be produced under Adams and Stacy O’Neil’s Bond Group Entertainment banner, as well as Dern and Jayme Lemons’s Jaywalker Pictures. Lombardo will adapt the novel herself and co-executive produce.
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