As if we needed more reasons to want Reese Witherspoon to be our BFFFFFF (she just seems fun, y'all), it looks like our girl is helping bring another of renowned author Cheryl Strayed's works to the screen.
As you remember, Witherspoon was the star and producer on "Wild," adapted from Strayed's bestselling memoir. It's a gorgeous, lush story of self-discovery while on a longer hiking trip than I'd ever even remotely consider, and it translated incredibly to the big screen. Now Witherspoon is partnering with Strayed and Laura Dern (who played Strayed's mother in "Wild" to devastating effect) to bring a TV series based on Strayed's Dear Sugar advice column to HBO, according to The Oregonian.
Dern would play Strayed in "Tiny Beautiful Things," and the show would be set in Portland, focusing on the writer's life and the sources of inspiration for her advice.
"It will be a drama with a lot of humor in it," Strayed told The Oregonian of the show, which is currently in development. "We're really excited about it."
Witherspoon, Strayed and Dern are all slated to be executive producers on the show. Strayed and her filmmaker husband Brian Lindstrom will write the one-hour show together.
Meanwhile, Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea (also an EP on "Tiny Beautiful Things") are creating even more juicy roles for women with their production company, Pacific Standard. The pair were behind both "Wild" and "Gone Girl," and are bringing even more awesomeness to a theater (and TV) near you in the close future.
"We care about finding new writers and new voices and helping support new female voices in film," Witherspoon told The Hollywood Reporter of the company.
Given Witherspoon and co's goals, expect to see plenty of women not only in front of the camera on "Tiny Beautiful Things," but in key production roles as well.
"I wish more people were bringing girls in who are 19 and 20 for internships on sets and at production companies," she said. "It's such a bubble, and it's really hard to get your foot in the door, particularly if you're not from the same socioeconomic background. If we educate young gals and give them the opportunity to see what a wonderful business it is, we could, ultimately, guarantee their success."
HBO has confirmed the development of the show, but more details aren't available. In the meantime, there's plenty of time to read "Tiny Beautiful Things," a collection of Strayed's Dear Sugar columns, and to ingest all the Dear Sugar you want on the internet. We'll leave you with one of our favorite Sugar quotes for the road, from her infamous "Write Like A Motherf--ker" column:
"How many women wrote beautiful novels and stories and poems and essays and plays and scripts and songs in spite of all the crap they endured. How many of them didn’t collapse in a heap of 'I could have been better than this' and instead went right ahead and became better than anyone would have predicted or allowed them to be. The unifying theme is resilience and faith. The unifying theme is being a warrior and a motherf--ker. It is not fragility. It’s strength. It’s nerve. And 'if your Nerve, deny you –,' as Emily Dickinson wrote, 'go above your Nerve.' Writing is hard for every last one of us — straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig."