Oscar winner Robert Redford has signed a two-year, first-look television deal with HBO. The first project put into development under the pact is The Burgess Boys, a miniseries based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout.
Published in 2013 by Random House, The Burgess Boys, Strout’s followup novel to her Pulitzer-winning Olive Kitteridge, follows two brothers who are haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, and recounts their eventual return to Maine where long-buried tensions surface in ways that change them forever. Redford optioned the bestselling book in 2015 and will executive produce the mini under his Wildwood Enterprises banner. The TV adaptation will be written by Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things).
HBO recently adapted Strout’s Olive Kitteridge into a miniseries, which won 8 Emmy Awards in September, including best limited series. Strout’s other novels include the bestsellers Abide with Me and Amy and Isabelle, as well as My Name Is Lucy Barton, which will be published next Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
This marks Redford’s return to scripted television and return to HBO. Through Wildwood, he executive produced the 1996 HBO film Grand Avenue. The actor-filmmaker’s only other previous scripted TV effort as a producer was a series of movies for PBS based on Tony Hillerman’s mystery novels. Over the past decade, Redford has produced a number of docu series, including Chicagoland, Death Row Stories and AMC’s upcoming The West, which features scripted reenactments.