David E. Kelley Boards ‘Big Little Lies’ TV Adaptation From Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

The “Ally McBeal” creator will write and executive produce on the limited series drama project

Last Updated: November 25, 2014 @ 1:41 PM

“Ally McBeal” creator David E. Kelley has joined as the writer and executive producer/showrunner of the television adaptation of novel “Big Little Lies” from stars and executive producers Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, a representative for Kelley told TheWrap.

Witherspoon’s production company Pacific Standard, along with Kidman’s┬áBlossom Films production banner had optioned the film and TV rights to the New York Times best-selling novel from Australian author Liane Moriarty a couple months ago. Both are set to star in the project intended to be a limited series.

The project is currently being shopped to networks and streaming companies.

“Big Little Lies” follows three mothers of kindergartners, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea and Blossom partner Per Saari will also produce, as well as Moriarty.

Pacific Standard, Blossom and Kelley are represented by CAA. LBI manages Witherspoon.