Following the success of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” as well as the widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike, the network greenlit a second season of the multi-Emmy winning series. According to a report from Deadline, the long-rumored second installment of the series has received a seven-episode order, with writer David E. Kelley once again penning all seven scripts. That, in and of itself, should prove very good news for fans of the the HBO hit. Perhaps even better, the scripts will be based on a story by Liane Moriarty – author of the novel that served as the basis for the first season.
In another not-entirely-unexpected surprise, stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have signed on to return and will also once again serve as executive producers. American Honey director Andrea Arnold has been tapped to helm the entire second season. The remainder of the original cast which included Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz are also expected to reprise their roles with negotiations currently underway. According to HBO, fans can expect more of the same subversive, darkly comedic drama that served the first season so well with explorations of the fragility of relationships and the malignancy of seemingly innocuous lies once again at the forefront. While Liane Moriarty has not written a sequel novel to Big Little Lies, the series did end on a somewhat open-ended note and Moriarty revealed earlier this year that HBO had approached her for possible story ideas. It now appears those talks have borne fruit. Moriarty’s involvement should certainly ease the concerns of wary fans of the original novel.
Reese Witherspoon had this to say: “I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists. It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them.”