HBO nabs Ju­lia Roberts’ first TV se­ries

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By EL­IZ­A­BETH WAGMEISTER

HBO has nabbed Ju­lia Roberts’ TV se­ries To­day Will Be Dif­fer­ent, Va­ri­ety has learned.

The hot project was first an­nounced late last year and then shopped around in the new year to stream­ing and ca­ble net­works, be­fore land­ing at HBO, which has put the drama into de­vel­op­ment as a lim­ited se­ries.

To­day Will Be Dif­fer­ent is based on the book of the same name from au­thor Maria Sem­ple who is also pen­ning the TV adap­ta­tion. An­na­purna Tele­vi­sion is pro­duc­ing.

The se­ries marks the first-ever TV show for Roberts, who will also serve as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. The project is also a home­com­ing for Roberts at HBO, af­ter she starred in the net­work’s tele­vi­sion movie, The Nor­mal Heart.

Best known for her iconic roles in films like Pretty Woman and Erin Brokovich, Roberts’ TV cred­its only in­clude smaller guest roles be­fore she cat­a­pulted into A-list ter­ri­tory, be­com­ing one of the great­est and most lu­cra­tive movie stars of all time.

To­day Will Be Dif­fer­ent is the story of Eleanor Flood (played by Roberts), who wakes up de­ter­mined to be her best self, but then life hap­pens. Tak­ing place over a sin­gle day, it’s a rol­lick­ing por­trait of one woman’s fum­bling but valiant at­tempt to nav­i­gate the knotty per­ils and sly grace of mod­ern life.

Roberts is exec pro­duc­ing through her Red Om Films ban­ner, along­side Sem­ple and An­na­purna’s Me­gan El­li­son and Sue Nae­gle.

For An­na­purna, the lim­ited se­ries is the lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sem­ple, whose novel Where’d You Go, Ber­nadette? is be­ing adapted by the com­pany in a film star­ring Cate Blanchett and di­rected by Richard Lin­klater.

Photo: Reuters

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