‘Night Manager’s’ Susanne Bier to Direct Nicole Kidman in HBO Limited Series ‘The Undoing’

“Big Little Lies” boss David E. Kelley will write and executive produce TV adaptation

Susanne Bier
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“The Night Manager” filmmaker Susanne Bier has been set as the director for “The Undoing,” HBO’s next limited series from Nicole Kidman and “Big Little Lies” boss David E. Kelley, an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

Based on the book “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz, the six-episode series stars Kidman as Grace Sachs, a loving wife, devoted mother and successful therapist whose life unravels when she makes discoveries about her husband’s past.

Here’s the official logline for the series: Grace Sachs (Kidman) is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

Bier will direct all episodes of the series and executive produce, with Kelley writing and showrunning the series. Kelley executive produces through his David E. Kelley Productions banner, with Kidman (who is re-teaming with Kelley after Seasons 1 and 2 of “Big Little Lies”) and Per Saari executive producing under Blossom Films, and Bruna Papandrea for Made Up Stories.

She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special for “The Night Manager.” Her other film credits include “A Second Chance,” “Love Is All You Need,” “In A Better World,” “Things We Lost In The Fire,” “After The Wedding,” “Brothers,” “Once in A Lifetime,” and the upcoming “Bird Box.”

Bier is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein.