‘Wild’ Co-Stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern to Produce HBO Series Based on Cheryl Strayed’s “Tiny Beautiful Things’


Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern will reteam to adapt Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 collection of essays, Tiny Beautiful Things into a drama series for HBO. Witherspoon and Dern previously starred in 2014’s Wild, an adaptation of Strayed’s 2012 memoir of the same name, and earned Oscar nominations for their effort.

Tiny Beautiful Things was compiled from Strayed’s previously anonymous advice column, “Dear Sugar” that appeared on The Rumpus, an online literary magazine. Deadline reports that Strayed and her husband Brian Lindstrom will pen the series, which is “set to explore love, loss, lust and life through the eyes of a Portland family who live by the mantra that the truth will never kill you.” Witherspoon, Dern, Strayed, and Lindstrom will all be credited as executive producers, along with Jayme Lemons and Witherspoon’s producing partner, Bruna Papandrea.

Witherspoon also produced Wild, while Dern’s producing credits include her collaborative effort with Mike White for HBO, Enlightened. It should likewise be mentioned that Witherspoon has another HBO drama series — with Nicole Kidman — coming, called Big Little Lies, which, despite its size-centric title, is not directly related to this new Strayed-based series.