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The Nix is Headed to TV with Meryl Streep and J.J. Abrams

One of the fall’s biggest literary titles — Nathan Hill’s drama The Nix about a long-estranged mother and son — is headed to TV with an Emmy-worthy pedigree.

Deadline reports that the series will star Oscar-winner Meryl Streep and will be produced by Streep and J.J. Abrams — who will also direct some of the episodes — through his Bad Robot production company.

There was no announcement of what network or streaming service would air the series, but there will be plenty of interest. Abrams’s last several series have gone to HBO (Westworld), Showtime (Roadies) and Hulu (11.22.63), and his Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a hit with critics and has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide.

The Nix, Nathan Hill’s much heralded first novel, revolves around a mother who makes herself an election-year spectacle and a son who reaches back through his unknown family history to the 1968 Chicago riots, Norway, and beyond.

Knopf published the book last week to starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Review, and New York magazine’s Boris Kachka wrote that the novel has “pyrotechnics reminiscent of Don DeLillo.”