Big Little Lies is currently airing its second season and while it has garnered strong ratings and a good critical reception (it has Meryl Streep in it, how could it be bad?), the series has also been marred by talk of behind-the-scenes struggles.
A lengthy report from IndieWire alleges that season 2 director Andrea Arnold lost creative control of the season, and HBO has now issued an official statement in response to the claims.
"There wouldn't be a Season 2 of Big Little Lies without Andrea Arnold," the statement read.
"We at HBO and the producers are extremely proud of her work. As with any television project, the executive producers work collaboratively on the series and we think the final product speaks for itself."
According to the IndieWire article, Arnold's vision for the series was reportedly completely reworked when control of the final edit shifted back to the series' executive producers – including season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée, once he was finished on Sharp Objects.
The changes were said to have been made to ensure that the visual style of season 2 matched that of season 1, but Arnold was apparently unaware that this was the plan for the series.
Andrea Arnold has so far declined to publicly comment on the reports.
Speaking last year about the decision to hire a new director for the show's second season, Reese Witherspoon said that while they'd tried to accommodate Vallée, he was too busy to work on the series and they were "thrilled" to be working with Arnold in his place.
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"We are so deeply grateful to Jean-Marc Vallée – his vision and his artistry... he put his heart and soul into this," Reese said. "We did try to accommodate him, but we did want to get the season started soon, because I think the people want it soon.
"We're just thrilled to welcome [Arnold] to our family. And we're just thrilled we get to do this again together."