Taylor Jenkins Reid is having a moment, fueled by social media, and it’s no surprise to see a Malibu Rising adaptation happening. After minor roles in previous books, the Mick Riva-verse needed a look at how his family was doing, and this book was everything you could want and more.
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This page was updated: 7/29/23
About The Book:
Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.
The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth. Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there. And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.
By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.
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Current Production Status:
The project is currently in the very early stages of development.
Malibu Rising Adaptation Timeline:
Shortly before the book was released Hulu bought the series rights. The book was then released in June 2021 and immediately hit the New York Times Best Seller List. There have been no further updates, however with multiple other books in various stages of production, waiting might be an intentional choice. (Daisy Jones & The Six has already filmed, and the same person is executive producing both this and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo adaptation for Netflix.)
In her July 2023 newsletter, Taylor Jenkins Reid confirmed that work on all of her adaptations had been stopped because of the dual WGA/SAG-AFTRA strike.
Who Owns The Rights:
Hulu purchased the production and distribution rights for the miniseries.
Who Is Attached:
Liz Tigelaar, who created the Little Fires Everywhere adaptation, will be leading the Malibu Rising adaptation. There has been no casting or director news.
Because this project is still in the early stages of development, there are no filming locations yet.
Because this project is still in the early stages of development, there is no estimated release time yet.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
You can find this book in my June 2021 Most Anticipated New Book Releases.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ was adapted into a series by Amazon Studios and is available on Prime Video.
‘One True Loves’ was turned into a movie starring Phillipa Soo, Simu Liu, and Luke Bracey.
‘The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo’ is in development at Netflix as a movie.
‘Carrie Soto Is Back’ is in early development for Picturestart.
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Malibu Rising Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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