“Malibu Rising” is the sequel to her 2019 novel-as-oral story, “Daisy Jones & the Six,” which explores the frictions and affections between members of a 1970s rock band. It reads like the background to a Joni Mitchell song.
“Daisy Jones” was selected by Reese Witherspoon for her book club in 2019 and is now produced by her company Hello Sunshine as a limited Amazon series. The shooting is scheduled for next month and the lead role will be played by Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley and one of the main characters in the movie “Zola”.
“I devoured it and immediately marked it up for Reese, who read it at the speed of light,” said Lauren Neustadter, president of film and television for Hello Sunshine, who received a copy before it was published. “It was very clear to us when we read it that it was something that was perfect for adaptation and also perfect for the book club, and we don’t often overlap.” (At one point, when she met Reid, she handed her over the phone with Witherspoon. When the call ended, Reid said, “I’m having an out-of-body experience, but I think Reese Witherspoon just told me all the reasons why she loved my book,” Neustadter recalls.)
Before “Daisy Jones,” there was “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,” Reid’s 2017 novel about a 1960s screen siren who weaves her way through high-profile marriages, but hides her greatest love for a woman. It made it onto the bestseller list for the first time this summer, thanks, Reid said, to TikTokers who discovered it amid the publicity for “Malibu Rising.”
Reid’s writing is “soapy and juicy and glamorous and complex,” said Amy Talkington, who is writing the pilot for “Malibu Rising” and co-executive producer for the Hulu series “Little Fires Everywhere,” based on the best-selling novel by Celeste Ng.
Streaming companies are hungry for content, Talkington said, which is “commercial, but they want it to be more, they want the themes to be there, they want the characters to be there, they want the complexity.”
Reid has also written a film adaptation, with husband Alex Jenkins Reid, of her 2016 novel, “One True Loves,” about a woman whose husband is believed to have died in a helicopter crash, but is found years later after getting engaged. with another man. The film stars Phillipa Soo, who played Eliza Hamilton in the original Broadway production of “Hamilton.”