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HBO Passes on Jonathan Franzen Adaptation

After ordering a pilot last year, HBO has passed on The Corrections, a television adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s bestselling novel.

Director Noah Baumbach shot the pilot and Franzen produced alongside Scott Rudin. Franzen discussed the project at a literary festival last year. Are you surprised?

Variety has the scoop: “The Corrections revolves around the troubles of a Midwestern couple and their three adult children as they trace their lives from the mid-20th century to ‘one last Christmas’ together near the turn of the millennium. The parents were played by Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest while Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal were cast as the couple’s adult children.”

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Joins Adaptation of The Corrections

Ewan McGregor, the actor who played a crazy private detective in Eye of the Beholder and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, has been cast in HBO’s upcoming adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “McGregor will play Chip, the middle child of an elderly Midwestern couple ([Chris Cooper], [Dianne Wiest]) who reunite the family for one last Christmas.”

Who else would you cast for this grim family drama? As we noted earlier this year, Noah Baumbach and producer Scott Rudin were involved.

Swamplandia to Be Adapted for HBO

HBO has approved a “half-hour comedy project” based on Karen Russell‘s critically acclaimed novel,  Swamplandia. Producer Scott Rudin will lead the project.

Follow this link to read a free excerpt from Swamplandia. The debut novel focused on a teenaged alligator wrestler who takes a surreal journey through the Florida Everglades.

The Hollywood Reporter also revealed details about other literary projects at HBO: “A search is under way for a writer on the project, with Rudin attached to executive produce the comedy and author Russell consulting … In addition, Rudin is attached to Noah Baumbach‘s adaptation of Jonathan Frazen‘s The Corrections and Cynthia Mort‘s half-hour comedy based on scribe Mary Karr‘s life.”

Jonathan Franzen Confirms Work on ‘The Corrections’ HBO Series

At the New Yorker Festival, Jonathan Franzen confirmed that he is working on an adaptation of The Corrections for HBO. The video embedded above features a small preview of the 86-minute talk with New Yorker editor David Remnick.

According to The Gothamist, the HBO series will have four seasons to be aired over the course of four years. Franzen explained: “I’m really engaged [in the project] … We have an opportunity, I think, to do something that has not been done where we know what happens in the last episode. All four seasons can be very carefully designed in advance.” (via Shelf Awareness)

Franzen also confirmed the rumors that filmmaker Noah Baumbach and producer Scott Rudin were involved. Who would you cast as the members of the Lambert family?

Noah Baumbach May Adapt ‘The Corrections’

According to Deadline, filmmaker Noah Baumbach may adapt Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections as an HBO drama series.

The Social Network producer Scott Rudin originally optioned The Corrections as a feature film; he would probably stay on as an executive producer. Baumbach and Franzen reportedly worked on the script for the pilot.

Here’s more from Deadline: “I hear HBO is nearing a pilot order for The Corrections … [which] revolves around the troubles of an elderly Midwestern couple and their three adult children, tracing their lives from the mid-twentieth century to ‘one last Christmas’ together near the turn of the millennium.”

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Jim Carrey to Star in Mr. Popper’s Penguins Adaptation

9780316058421_154X233.jpgActor Jim Carrey has signed on to star in an adaptation of the 1939 Newbery Honor Book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Freaky Friday director Mark Waters will direct, and the script was written by Sean Anders and John Morris. Written by Richard and Florence Atwater in the late 1930s, the book has been a favorite of grade school teachers and readers. In April, rumors surfaced that Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach were considering the project.

Here’s more from the article: “The film is on the fast track at Fox and will begin production in October in New York … In the new version, Carrey plays a New York businessman who receives a half-dozen penguins who wreak havoc on his business and apartment before he finds important life lessons in their presence.”

Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach May Adapt Mr. Popper’s Penguins

9780316058421_154X233.jpgWhile no deal has been struck, director Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller are considering an adaptation of the 1939 Newbery Honor Book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Written by Richard and Florence Atwater in the late 1930s, the book has been a favorite of grade school teachers and readers. According to Variety, both the filmmaker and the actor are in discussions with 20th Century Fox about the film.

Here’s more from the article: “‘Mr. Popper’ is the tale of a house painter whose dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers. One of them sends him a penguin, which he keeps in an icebox. Soon, Mr. Popper receives a female penguin from a zoo and before he knows it, he has a litter of 12 beaked birds.”

Wes Anderson Adapts Roald Dahl Book

Director Wes Anderson has wrapped his adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s children’s book, “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

Anderson wrote the script with Noah Baumbach, the screenwriter who helped write “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” According to the LA Times, they co-wrote the movie in the late author Dahl’s writing studio. The article includes some rocky stories from the film’s crew.

Here’s a quote from Anderson, from the article: “We wanted to make the movie an homage to Dahl … Mr. Fox’s study is based on the hut where Dahl used to write. Both the main farmer, Bean, and Mr. Fox are inspired by Dahl as much as they’re inspired by what’s in the book.”