Julia Roberts is attached to star in a limited TV series based on Maria Semple’s bestselling novel Today Will Be Different, from Annapurna Pictures. Roberts also will produce, with Semple on board to write the adaptation. This is the first new series announced under Annapurna’s new TV initiative, led by founder and CEO Megan Ellison and President of Television Sue Naegle.
Today Will Be Different follows Eleanor Flood, admittedly a bit of a mess, as she decides that today is the day to tackle the little things that she has been neglecting. Of course, life gets in the way of success as a fake-sick son, errant husband, and a former colleague with bomb-dropping memoir derail her modest plan. Taking place over the course of one day, Today Will Be Different is about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.
Roberts will produce the series through her Red Om Films banner with Semple, Ellison and Naegle serving as executive producers. The series is a return to television for Roberts, who most recently starred in the HBO film The Normal Heart, and also marks a return to TV for Semple, who wrote for Arrested Development and Mad About You.
UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of Semple, who is also repped by Anna Stein of ICM Partners for publishing. CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of Roberts.