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Blumhouse’s SHARP OBJECTS Series Had Some Drama Behind the Scenes

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Tonight marks the release of the first episode of HBO’s new miniseries Sharp Objects based on the book by Gillian Flynn. I’m excited to check it out and see if it’s a quality horror-ish show to recommend. We’ll see.

But before the series premiere tonight, today we have word that things were not wine and rose behind the scenes at times as Blumhouse head producer, Jason Blum revealed in a recent feature that he had to organize a meeting before production because of “creative differences” between series director Jean-Marc Vallee and star Amy Adams.

Vallee, who also directed every episode of Big little Lies starring Nicole Kidman, has finally spoken on the ordeal, which was little more than a scheduling issue.

Yeah, what was that about? I’m glad I don’t read the papers. [Laughs.],” Vallee told THR. “At the beginning, we just — I don’t know. You should ask him. At the very beginning, there was an issue about scheduling, and I was pushing not only Amy — I was pushing the production and everyone to push Sharp Objects so I can properly finish Big Little Lies. Maybe the meeting that he refers to was a scheduling thing, because I got pushy. I went to HBO, to Blum, to eOne, to Amy’s people, to Amy: “Let’s push! Let’s push another week, please!” Not even another week. I wanted to push a month or two, and of course that implies a lot of pain, but I was exhausted and I wanted more time to prep. That’s probably what he was referring to.”

So… was he successful in getting more time?

Not at all! Not at all! [Laughs.],” he says. “I miserably failed, and they were all against me. I had to go to an intense therapy of calm and quiet to find myself and find peace. There’s a saying my mom used to say: “Let go, and let God.” So, I said to myself, “Just let it go, man. Just let it go. Everything’s gonna be fine. Just fucking do it. Everybody’s ready. Stop pushing. You’re gonna be fine.”

Sorry if all of this comes across as gossip. That’s not my intention here. I just like to share the interworking on the life of a working TV director as I’m sure quite a few of our readers out there want to try their hand at such a position in the future. It’s a hard game evidently as Vallee goes on to say: “I knew it was going to be a tough ride for two years to shoot two TV series, all of the episodes, back to back. I shot, I think, 182 days in 20 months.”

Hoooly shiiit… Still want the job? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The eight-episode series is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, scripted by Marti Noxon from the book by Gillian Flynn, and stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlon, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven. It hits HBO tonight.

Synopsis:

Based on the book by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

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