Reese Witherspoon confirmed that she and Nicole Kidman are working to bring HBO’s Big Little Lies Season 3 to fruition. This confirmation aligns with a previous tease from Kidman about the potential for a third season. However, HBO has not officially announced the development of a third season, leaving the timeline for its realization uncertain. The first season of the series was based on Liane Moriarty’s novel. It premiered in 2017, followed by the second season in 2019, which continued the narrative with an original story.
Big Little Lies Season 3 Development
Speaking with Variety at the Golden Globe Awards, Witherspoon shared, “We are working on it. Nic and I have been working on it a lot.”
In Season 1, the show centered around a murder in an affluent community. It then delves into the events leading up to the death and unravels the mystery of the victim’s identity. The second season shifted its focus to the cover-up of the crime, examining the repercussions of the murder and its impact on the community.
Since Season 2’s release, several factors have impeded progress on a potential continuation of Big Little Lies. The significant factor was the passing of Jean-Marc Vallée, Season 1’s director and a key influence on Season 2. His absence has left some members of the cast and crew uncertain about how to proceed without his guidance. Additionally, Season 2 received a slightly less favorable response from both audiences and critics compared to the debut season, prompting concerns about maintaining the series’ quality moving forward.
The series also starred Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, and Meryl Streep.
“It’s been a dream for us [to do a third season]. Working together on that show was so many things, and the way that it affected so many people around the world and the way that it affected us — that was something none of us expected,” Woodley revealed to Harper’s Bazaar earlier this month. “I think what excites me about the possibility of a third season, more than what I could think of with Jane, is the fact that these children [on the show] are not children anymore. They’re teenagers now!”
She continued, “Jean-Marc Vallée, our brilliant filmmaker who brought Big Little Lies together and really made it what it was, sadly passed away, and at his funeral last year, all of the kids came and the cast was there. So I’m looking around and I’m like, ‘Where’s our kids?!’ Their voices have dropped, they all have their teenage situation happening [waves hands over face to imply acne], and the angst is kicking in, and that, to me, is what is exciting about the possibility of a third season. What does life look like for those people who are not children anymore?”