Though buzz over the possibility of a second season had been growing for some time, HBO officially confirmed a second season of Emmy Award-winning Big Little Lies on Friday.
Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and David E. Kelley are re-teaming for the newest installment, with Kidman, Witherspoon, and Kelley also set to executive produce. Kelley will write all seven scripts for Season 2, based partially on a story by author Liane Moriarty, with Andrea Arnold (Transparent) attached to direct.
In the announcement, HBO promises that the return of Big Little Lies will examine the “malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting,” and that “relationships will fray, loyalties will erode [and] the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”
For her part, Kidman is extremely confident in the creative forces helping bring together another season:
“This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold. What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”
One of the moves that took place over the past several weeks that served as an unofficial confirmation of a Season 2 was Witherspoon’s decision to step back from astronaut drama Pale Blue Dot from Noah Hawley — a film that she was expected to produce and star in. When word hit, speculation began that Witherspoon backed away from the project because the shooting schedule would conflict with work on a new season of Big Little Lies.
Turns out the speculation was right, and Witherspoon‘s excited to explore the Big Little Lies universe in more depth with a new season:
“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists. It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them. I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”