cholodenkoEXCLUSIVE: On the heels of directing the upcoming HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) has signed on to helm the first two and executive produce all eight episodes of NBC’s The Slap, a miniseries based on the 2011 Australian short-run series. The Slap is described as a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it. the-slap_wBrothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz wrote the adaptation, which is being produced by Universal TV and Australia’s Matchbox Pictures, producer of the original. Baitz and Matchbox’s Tony Ayres executive produce with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald as well as Ted Gold. Cholodenko is with ICM Partners.

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