Witherspoon to produce Honeyman and Steadman novels

Witherspoon to produce Honeyman and Steadman novels

Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine is to adapt Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins) and Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman (S&S UK) into film.

Rights to Something in the Water were acquired from APA and Camilla Wray of the Darley Anderson Literary, TV & Film Agency, and the rights for Eleanor Oliphant were acquired from The Artists Partnership, Emily Hayward Whitlock and Madeleine Milburn Ltd.

Eleanor Oliphant is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine who goes from living a lonely life to realising the only way to survive is to open your heart. Something in the Water is about a woman whose life is on the upswing but is then thrown a curveball that challenges her ethics and priorities and her life begins to slip from her grasp. 

Witherspoon, who produced the film versions of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (W&N) and Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Atlantic), and the HBO series "Big Little Lies" based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty (Penguin), before splitting with Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea, formed Hello Sunshine in 2016 with the goal of continuing to find female-centric literary properties for film and TV projects.