Thursday, September 8, 2016

Streep in talks for limited television series "The Nix"

As many of you are already finding out, multiple sources are now reporting that Meryl Streep is in talks to star in a limited television series based on Nathan Hill's 2016 novel The Nix.  J.J. Abrams (who in the past has said he'd like to work with Meryl) is set to produce along with Hill, and I've read that Abrams is likely to direct at least a portion of the series.

I had not heard of the novel prior to this news so of course I'm going to have to quickly add it to my reading list.  The snippet of info from the Hollywood Reporter describes the book as:

Hill's critically acclaimed debut novel follows a man named Samuel Andresen-Anderson, whose mother, Faye, reappears decades after she abandoned the family. She becomes the center of controversy for allegedly committing an absurd crime, and Samuel must dig back into her secretive past to try to save her. The novel is described as a sprawling satire that spans from the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond.

Sounds like it could be a wonderful role for Meryl and we're getting our appetites whetted with what seems to be a more meaty project from her.  Let's keep in mind however that from what I've read, there is no writer yet (maybe author will do the screenplay) and no dates for when production is set to start.  Simply because Meryl is "in talks" doesn't mean it's a sure thing.  Just ask The Good House.

Regardless, this is one of my favorite times in the trajectory of Meryl's projects.  Learning of the news, and when possible, deep-diving into understanding the material.  Hope this gets off the ground!


  1. Many of the reports state that Ms Streep will be an executive producer on this series. This gives me faith that her deeper than usual involvement will ensure this comes to existence. Will be reading the book, and am looking forward to this promising project.

    1. Yes, I saw that as well. I would be so interested to hear Meryl talk about how or why she would chose to produce something now. Only First Do No Harm and Mary Stuart have been projects she meant to produce, with obviously the former actually happening. I agree that it's more likely if she's helming it and a possible director is already attached. This will likely be a year before filming it seems.

    2. Hearing it could a year or more before this can be seen makes me think of the iconic Miranda Priestly quote "by all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me" haha! That said I am okay with them taking time to get it right. I am finding all of the articles about Meryl coming to TV saying things like film and movies being done for quite funny! She's rocked their worlds already without a single thing filmed!

    3. Oh, I think it may be a year or more before they even SHOOT this series. I can't imagine we'll actually see it on tv before 2018.