“Big Little Lies” Author On Sequel Chances

“Big Little Lies” author Lianne Moriarty says she is open to a potential second installment of the HBO subversive comedy mini-series following its recent run. Moriarty tells The Sydney Morning Herald that she’s been approached by the show’s producers about a follow-up:

“I have started to think about ways this could continue. The producers have asked me to see if I can come up with some ideas. I wouldn’t write a new book but perhaps a new story, and then we’ll see what happens.”

One change the series made from the book was the decision not to explicitly include the backstory of Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) and her abusive father. Moriarty says a second season could explore that thread:

“My original reaction was, ‘What have they done? How have they left that out?’. But a lot of people have said that they could tell [what Bonnie’s true story was]. There had been little hints. … It’s implied in her performances and some little lines. I think I might have preferred to have had it in there, but I wouldn’t argue against it either. It also leaves open the possibility of Season 2.”

Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard starred in the high-profile series from writer David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal”) and director Jean-Marc Vallee (“Dallas Buyers Club”) which was built as a standalone seven-episode event series as opposed to an ongoing drama.

At present HBO does not have plans for a second season, but has not closed the door to that possibility altogether. Vallee says for him it was very much a “one time deal” while Witherspoon and Kidman, who both produced, have been vocal about doing more.