Hulu has just won a multiple outlet bidding war for Little Fires Everywhere, a new series based on the novel by Celeste Ng, with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington starring and producing. There is no premiere date at this time, but the series will consist of eight episodes.
Little Fires Everywhere tells a story about family and motherhood. The book is about picture perfect suburbanite family the Richardsons. Consisting of a mother, father, and four children, their lives are forever changed when they rent rooms out in their home to single mother Mia and her daughter Pearl. Both Mia and Pearl have a lasting effect on various members of the Richardson family, as well as the rest of the town once they become involved in the scandal of a birth mother who wants to see her child after the baby was adopted. At this time, it has not been revealed which characters Witherspoon and Washington will play, though presumably one will be Elena Richardson and the other will be Mia.
According to THR, Witherspoon's company Hello Sunshine got the rights to the novel before it was even published and brought the book to Washington. Together they asked writer Liz Tigelaar to be the showrunner and also to adapt the novel into a series. Author Ng will also be one of the show's producers, as will Witherspoon through Hello Sunshine and Washington through her company Simpson Street.
Both actresses are veterans of recent TV series. Washington is currently the star of Scandal, which is in its seventh and final season and will be ending next month. Meanwhile, Witherspoon is coming off the hit first season of Big Little Lies which has been renewed for a second season, though it will not air until 2019. She will also co-star with Jennifer Aniston in an upcoming series being made for Apple.
It is not surprising that Hulu would be interested in such a female driven series - which is also being produced, written, and adapted from a book written by woman. One of the network's biggest hits to date is Emmy Award winning The Handmaid's Tale, also a female driven story based on a book written by a woman. Hulu may be trying to find a similar success with Little Fires Everywhere, though the story and tone is very different. Still, with powerhouses Witherspoon and Washington so heavily involved, it's very likely that Hulu does have another hit on their hands. Or at least they will soon.