Sunday, June 18, 2017

What's the status of "The Nix"?

I came across a couple of videos on You Tube today that feature author Nathan Hill on tour discussing his novel The Nix.  As we know, it was announced last September that Meryl had signed on to portray one of the main characters, Faye.  Not long after that we learned that John Logan would be the showrunner and that Meryl was going to make bank for each episode.  Other than that, not much has been updated since.

So, my ears perked up a bit when Hill briefly discussed the potential limited series in two separate videos at events that both took place last month.  Go to 51:23 in the first and 48:55 in the second.

    


    

We don't really learn a ton of new stuff, but since both of these events took place in May, it's good to know that he recently met with producers about the adaptation.  He confirmed John Logan as the screenwriter, stated J.J. Abrams would be directing and that it would probably be a single season of about 10 episodes.  They're just waiting to see which network is interested in picking it up.  This seems HBO-ish to me, but could see it going to Netflix or Amazon too.  I don't really care, as long as it gets made.

Despite The Papers probably wrapping by early August, Meryl won't have a ton of time before heading to Croatia to film Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!  The Nix is a fairly sprawling tale which could potentially take a while time to shoot.  That said, Meryl's role of Faye would not require she be in every episode, or at least not a lot of every episode.  It might make sense for them to shoot this next spring and have it out by fall of next year to precede the midterm elections in the U.S.  Looking forward to the possibility of seeing this story come to life.

9 comments:

  1. Jeff, thanks for the update. I'd prefer this (many times over) to Mamma Mia unless of course she's the lead in the latter (and not Amanda S). David.

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    1. Remember Mamma Mia was being made from a clunky musical where the storyline was designed to shoehorn as many Abba classics in a possible and it had a first time Director. Whilst I personally thought it was brilliant entertainment this sequel may benefit from being written specifically for the screen and helmed by someone with more experience.

      As Jeff pointed out, Meryl needs another big hit to keep her voltage up at the box office and get funding for other, smaller pictures too. Chin up! :)

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    2. If Meryl happens to play a limited role (as rumoured) in this sequel with Amanda in the lead and a young Donna in flashbacks and even if it's a big hit, I doubt it's going to do much for her career unlike the first one where she plays the lead. That's where I'm driving at. David.

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    3. One of her daughters might play young Donna? May be another reason to say yes to her first ever sequel?

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    4. I don't like the idea about a limited role of Meryl on Here we go again

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    5. Hollywood Reporter's power issue just includes all three movies in Meryl profile. She will have a very strong two years from now on for sure.

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  2. Very excited for this adaptation. I learned from this blog that Meryl would be in it and quite promptly purchased the book -- I'm loving it so far. I wasn't certain of which character she would play until I read this update, but I guessed she would be Faye. I'm so excited to see where this book goes and watch this series later!

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  3. Relating to The Nix, I would love to see Meryl step behind the camera and direct an episode! She has said in the past she has considered directing but that a film was too time consuming, well what about TV? Always interested in more female directors and Meryl could inspire more actresses to fight for the chance!

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