Netflix has been continuing its effort to make some exciting adaptations as of late, and as Disney continues to use its strongest franchises to create new shows, that may be its saving grace going forward. On that note, Netflix is gearing up for an adaptation of a beloved novel, and it's tapped two key television veterans to lead the series. Be on the lookout for Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke on Netflix, because the two will co-star in the adaptation of Firefly Lane.
For those unfamiliar with the New York Times bestseller, Firefly Lane is a tale of friendship from author Kristin Hannah. Katherine Heigl plays big time talk show host Tully, and Sarah Chalke will play her shy best friend Kate. The two have been friends for four decades, and the book chronicles their relationship and various life woes and triumphs throughout that time. Netflix will adapt the novel over the course of 10 episodes, and nothing more has been teased after that.
10 episodes may be all Netflix can hope to lock down Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke for, as both women are still in pretty high demand around Hollywood. Heigl is currently one of the more recent stars of USA's Suits, and has been keeping the show alive (even as it heads towards the end) post-Meghan Markle with her dynamic character Samantha Wheeler. Will she bring that same energy to Tully in Firefly Lane?
Sarah Chalke has been pretty busy as well, and has made recent appearances on network shows like The Conners and Speechless. She's also hard at work in the world of voice acting and is a voice on popular shows like Rick and Morty, Milo Murphy's Law, and Paradise PD. Firefly Lane is yet another live-action project for Chalke at Netflix, who recently appeared in Season 2 of the now-cancelled Friends From College.
As mentioned, the only thing that Netflix has mentioned is a 10-episode order to adapt Firefly Lane. It is unknown if this will be a one-and-done deal, or if a future series order will adapt the sequel novel, Fly Away. It's even possible Firefly Lane may work in some of the events of Fly Away to capture both under the same umbrella, although nothing indicated that was the case in TVLine's reported information.
Firefly Lane will be written by Maggie Friedman, who will also serve as the showrunner and executive producer. Other executive producers include Katherine Heigl, Stephanie Germain, Lee Rose, and Kristin Hannah. Peter O'Fallon is currently signed on to direct the premiere.
Firefly Lane doesn't have a release date at Netflix just yet, so stick with CinemaBlend for more details on that as they become available. Also be sure to check back with CinemaBlend for all the latest and greatest news in streaming, television, and movies.
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