If you were wondering what JJ Abrams' next project might be, wonder no further: according to Deadline, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director has signed on to direct Meryl Streep in a limited TV series based on Nathan Hill's blockbuster new novel, The Nix.
And...what is The Nix? I'm glad you asked. Deadline describes the book as "a sprawling generational tale that focuses on a hippie-era mother who gets national press exposure for throwing rocks at a conservative governor on the presidential campaign trail. Before you know it, her estranged son — a professor, aspiring novelist and general underachiever — seizes an opportunity to get himself out of debt by writing a scathing profile of his estranged mother."
Granted, that description doesn't sound like the most exciting thing in the world, but Hill's novel has been a massive hit with both critics and readers, and - as previously mentioned - it's enough to attract the interest of Meryl fucking Streep. Surely it's doing something right.
Warner Bros. Television is handling The Nix via Abrams' Bad Robot. As of right now, no network's lined up, but come on: they're all going to be fighting for it. Wherever it lands, we'll check it out. In the meantime, stay tuned for updates as they roll in.