HBO Declines To Pick Up Show Based On Franzen's 'The Corrections'
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HBO has declined to pick up a show based on Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections. Great, another thing for Franzen to complain about...
Seriously though, it is a little surprising, given the pedigree. The show, which has been filming around the Upper West Side of Manhattan, would have starred Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor. Franzen even co-wrote the pilot with The Squid and the Whale director Noah Baumbach.
According to Deadline:
"Word is HBO brass liked the pilot and the performances but the decision came down to adapting the book’s challenging narrative, which moves through time and cuts forwards and back. While that works in the novel, it proved difficult to sustain in a series and challenging for viewers to follow, hampering the potential show’s accessibility."
I don't know if I buy that. It took me four episodes to understand Game of Thrones, and that show still confuses me sometimes.
I haven't read The Corrections. If you have, let us know: Would it have translated to the screen? Or would it have been too dour for television?
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