The latest Gillian Flynn book adaptation, Sharp Objects, made Gone Girl fans all sorts of excited, and for good reason. After seeing how well HBO handled Big Little Lies, Jean-Marc Vallée (who directed both projects) has another masterpiece on his hands thanks to the way he's brought Flynn's debut novel to the small screen. Now that a second season of Big Little Lies is officially happening, though, we can't help but wonder if Sharp Objects will continue past its first season as well, especially given the shocking, open-ended note the eighth (and presumably final) episode wraps up on. According to Flynn, that very well may be a possibility, while showrunner Marti Noxon seems to disagree.
Sharp Objects tells the story of a crime journalist named Camille Preaker (played in the show by Amy Adams), who returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, MI, to investigate the mysterious murder of a young girl. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Flynn said she can already imagine the story continuing for Camille and her other characters past what has already been written. "My characters always go on in my imagination," she said. "They have full working lives in there, and I keep in touch with all of them . . . I know exactly what happens to them."
During a Q&A at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX, Amy Adams remarked on how the decision to opt for an eight-episode miniseries rather than a two-hour film (as was originally intended) was the right move. "If you go back and read Sharp Objects, the internal monologue of Camille is almost impossible to capture in a 90-minute story, so it's so well suited to this," said Adams. "I think [the limited series] is the near future of storytelling."
At first it seemed (to us, at least) that if a plan to continue the series was discussed, Adams would be on board. Then again, Noxon made it clear at a recent TCA panel that she's sticking to a limited series. "We're not talking about a season two," Noxon said. "This is it, so bask in it while you can." Later on at the same event, HBO head Casey Bloys echoed Noxon's sentiment.
"No, no," he said when asked if Sharp Objects would get a sophomore season the way Big Little Lies has. "I'll tell you the difference. For Big Little Lies, Reese [Witherspoon], Nicole [Kidman], Laura [Dern], Shailene [Woodley], and Zoë [Kravitz] — they all wanted to do it again. This is very — as you know, the show is dark, and Amy's character is very dark. It's a difficult role for an actress to play. I believe she doesn't want to play that character again, which I completely understand. It's a lot to take on, and without her I just don't see. I think this is one where you gotta say, 'We got a fantastic limited series, and we'll leave it at that.'"
If HBO, Adams, and Noxon ever do want another season documenting Camille Preaker's investigations, Gillian Flynn confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that she's not ruling it out: "I would never say no [to another season]." We'll just have to wait and see!