Meryl Streep is close to signing a deal to head the cast of a miniseries adaptation of the forthcoming novel The Nix, with JJ Abrams attached to exec produce and direct.

Streep would also serve a dual role as an exec producer, while Warner Bros Television is overseeing the show. So far there’s no network or streamer attached, so it could ultimately lead to a battle between HBO and Netflix.

The Nix, written by first-time author Nathan Hill, is described by Deadline as "a sprawling generational tale that focuses on a hippie-era mother (Streep) who gets national press exposure for throwing rocks at a conservative governor on the presidential campaign trail.

"Before you know it, her estranged son - a professor, aspiring novelist and general underachiever - seizes an opportunity to get himself out of debt by writing a scathing profile of his estranged mother."