Julia Roberts to star in TV adaptation of Today Will be Different
Annapurna Television is set to produce the television adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestselling novel, Today Will Be Different, as a limited series. Academy Award winner Julia Roberts is attached to star and produce in the project with Semple on board to write the adaptation. This is the first new series announced under Annapurna’s new TV initiative, led by Founder and CEO Megan Ellison and President of Television Sue Naegle, and reaffirms the company’s commitment to delivering sophisticated and high-quality programming to television.
A New York Times bestseller and New York Times “Notable Book of 2016,” Today Will Be Different follows Eleanor Flood, admittedly a bit of a mess, as she decides that today is the day to tackle the little things that she has been neglecting. Of course, life gets in the way of success as a fake-sick son, errant husband, and a former colleague with bomb-dropping memoir derail her modest plan. Taking place over the course of one day, Today Will Be Different is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.
Roberts will produce the series through her Red Om Films banner with Semple, Ellison and Naegle serving as Executive Producers. The series is a return to television for Roberts, who most recently starred in the HBO film The Normal Heart, and also marks a return to TV for Semple, who has previously written for Arrested Development and Mad About You.
“I’m giddy that Eleanor Flood will be brought to life by Julia Roberts and am elated to collaborate with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and the team at Annapurna on this endeavor. This will be a fun ride!” said Semple of the new project. Semple is also working with Annapurna Pictures on a film adaptation of her sophomore novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, which is set to go into production in the New Year with Richard Linklater attached to direct.
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