Reese Witherspoon to produce 1970s rock drama based on Taylor Jenkins Reid's novel 'Daisy Jones & The Six' for Amazon
The drama series will be a co-production between Amazon Studios and Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine
Amazon has given the green light for a 13-episode order to a limited series based on author Taylor Jenkins Reid's upcoming novel 'Daisy Jones & The Six.' Only set for a release in March 2019, the novel chronicles the rise of a fictional rock band in the 1970s through the ranks of the Los Angeles music scene and into eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world.
According to Deadline, the project hails from Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Circle of Confusion and will be a co-production between Amazon Studios and Hello Sunshine, Jennifer Salke, the Head of Amazon Studios, spoke glowingly of the upcoming project.
"When I heard Hello Sunshine was developing Daisy Jones & The Six, I tracked down a copy right away and devoured it in one sitting. I loved it so much I had to take it off the market and bring it to Amazon Studios," Salke said. "I was immediately struck by how perfectly it fit into our overall approach of bringing passionate creators and entertaining, compelling content to our Prime Video audience. Reese, Lauren [head of film and TV for Hello Sunshine and the wife of Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Neustadter] and I are kindred spirits!"
It's clear from Salke's statement that the studio has immense faith in the project, so it's no surprise to learn that the company is ensuring it gains all possible rights. Original music from the series will be exclusively available on Amazon Music, and the print and audio version of the book will be available on Amazon.com and Audible.com, the former of which already has the novel available for pre-order.
"As soon as I started reading ‘Daisy Jones & The Six,’ I immediately fell head over heels in love with it, and I’m thrilled to be bringing it to the screen with Amazon and Jen Salke, whose passionate pursuit of the material spoke volumes," said Witherspoon of the upcoming show.
She continued: "With Neustadter and Weber, two writers I deeply admire, stewarding this project, I am so confident that Daisy and her band’s journey toward finding their voice will leave just as permanent a mark with viewers around the world as it did with me."
Witherspoon's credentials as a producer are impressive. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series for co-producing HBO drama series 'Big Little Lies' and also served as producer on the commercially successful film adaptation of Gillian Flynn novel 'Gone Girl.'
Besides the upcoming Amazon series, she also has two further films in pre-production as a producer — 'A White Lie' and an untitled Martina Navratilova documentary — as well as Apple drama 'Are You Sleeping,' and Hulu drama 'Little Fires Everywhere.'
The script for the pilot of 'Daisy Jones & The Six' will be penned by the writing team of Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber, who have previously worked together on '(500) Days of Summer,' 'The Pink Panther 2,' 'The Disaster Artist' and 'The Spectacular Now.' The limited series will be executive produced by Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine and Brad Mendelsohn will executive produce for Circle of Confusion. Scott Neustadter & Weber will also serve as executive producers, with Taylor Jenkins Reid as Producer.