The New York Times best-selling thriller Pieces of Her from crime author Karin Slaughter is being adapted as a Netflix original series.
The series has been given an initial eight-episode order, with Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Mad Men) attached to direct the first two episodes. Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland, House of Cards) is on board as writer, showrunner and executive producer.
Also serving an EP is Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Big Little Lies, Wild) of Made Up Stories—a development, production and finance company committed to creating content with female figures at the center and enabling female directors, writers, actors and fellow producers to tell the stories they want to tell. Casey Haver, Jeanne Snow and Steve Hutensky will shepherd the project for the company.
The story follows as an adrift young woman’s conception of her mother is forever changed after a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall together suddenly explodes into violence. As figures from her mother’s past start to resurface, she is forced to go on the run and on that journey, begins to piece together the truth of her mother’s previous identity and uncovers secrets of her childhood.
Netflix has also ordered the eight-episode comedy Special, which comes from Warner Bros. TV, Jim Parsons’ That’s Wonderful and Stage 13. Based on Ryan O’Connell’s part-memoir, part-manifesto I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, the story centers on a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to rewrite his identity as an accident victim and finally go after the life he wants. O’Connell stars in this semi-autobiographical series, which he also wrote and executive produced. Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) is among the EPs.