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HBO rejects 'The Corrections'

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

After viewing the series pilot, HBO has decided not to make The Corrections into a series.

The pilot had a name cast including Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest.

The premise, based on the novel by Jonathan Franzen, involved a couple (Cooper and Wiest) who look back on their lives with their three children from the 1950s to their last Christmas.

Franzen co-wrote the screenplay with Noah Baumbach, who was also the director. The pilot was shot in February with the intention of becoming four 10-episode seasons.

HBO executives reportedly liked the pilot but were concerned about the narrative structure of the book. The novel’s shifting through time periods proved too challenging for viewers to follow, according to the network.

“Yeah, I'm very excited,” Cooper said when the project was first announced. “Boy, this is a brilliant book that Jonathan [Franzen] wrote and it's going to be a terrific challenge. We're going to see this family, the patriarch in the family, go from age 45 to his late 70s. And along the way he will be developing Parkinson's disease. But it's a terrific piece about a family unit. And, boy, somewhere along the way I think everybody will relate in one respect or the other.”

 

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