Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is heading to Amazon for its latest project, an adaptation of Daisy Jones & The Six. Amazon Studios has given a pre-emptive series order based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s highly sought-after novel, from Witherspoon’s production company and Circle of Confusion.
The story centres on a fictional rock band in the 1970s, following their rise through the ranks of the LA music scene and beyond, eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world.
Following their recent Oscar nomination for The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Fault In Our Stars) have written the pilot and will oversee the 13 episode limited series. Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will exec produce for Hello Sunshine and Brad Mendelsohn will exe produce for Circle of Confusion, with Neustadter & Weber also serving as EPs. Reid is attached as producer.
“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,” says Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “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 and I are kindred spirits!”
Reese Witherspoon commented: “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. 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.”
Like Amazon’s adaptation of the Bosch detective novels, the series also fits in with the online giant’s knack for cross-product promotion: Original music from the series will be made available exclusively through Amazon Music, and the print and audiobook from Ballantine / Random House will also be available via Amazon and Audible.