Jeannette Walls’ Hang the Moon is headed to the small screen, Variety reports.
Walls’ novel, published Tuesday by Scribner, follows Sallie Kincaid, a woman in early-20th-century Virginia, who is determined to rejoin her estranged family and becomes a bootlegger. In a starred review, a critic for Kirkus called the book “a rollicking soap opera that keeps the pages turning with a surfeit of births, deaths, and surprising plot reveals.”
The series will be written by Boo Killebrew, known for her work on shows including Longmire, A Teacher, and Clarice, and for plays such as Miller, Mississippi and Romance Novels for Dummies. Tomorrow Studios is developing the show, with Walls and Killebrew among its executive producers.
Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios said, “As soon as we started reading the book, we knew it would make an incredible television series. We are appreciative that Jeannette entrusts us with her story and that Boo is as excited as we are to adapt the story for TV.”
Walls is best known for her 2005 memoir, The Glass Castle, which spent years on the New York Times bestseller lists. That book was adapted into a 2017 film, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Max Greenfield.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.