David E. Kelley, creator of Boston Legal, Chicago Hope, The Practice, and Ally McBeal, wrote and executive-produced Big Little Lies, along with Kidman and Papandrea.
"David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its center".
Casey Bloys, HBO's programming president, said he couldn't wait to "bring this show to life".
The Undoing is the story of Grace Sachs (Kidman) who is a successful therapist with a book on the way, a good marriage and a son in a private school in New York City. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself. Bruna Papandrea is tied as executive producer as well.
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Nicole Kidman poses with her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in "Big Little Lies" at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 8, 2018.
Both Kelley and Kidman will serve as executive producers of The Undoing. A search for a director is underway.
It comes after it was revealed that "Big Little Lies" is set to get a second series. He also wrote all seven episodes of the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, which won an Emmy for Kidman a year ago in the role of abused wife Celeste Wright. For his part, Kelley certainly seems eager to adapt Korelitz's novel, which he describes as "a character-driven psychological thriller".
Kelley is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Gendler.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has ordered The Undoing straight to series.