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'The Corrections': HBO Not Going Forward With Jonathan Franzen Series

Posted: 05/ 1/2012 5:10 pm Updated: 05/ 1/2012 9:33 pm

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"The Corrections" won't be coming to HBO.

"The Corrections" will not become an HBO series. According to Deadline.com, HBO is not moving forward with the pilot based on Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections." HBO confirmed Deadline.com's initial report to The Huffington Post.

Franzen co-wrote "The Corrections" pilot with "The Squid and the Whale" director Noah Baumbach, who helmed the project. Franzen's novel follows the Lampert family through the years as they age. Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest were to play the parents with Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Bruce Norris as the adult children. Rhys Ifans and Greta Gerwig were also a part of the star-studded cast.

While doing press for "The Muppets" in November 2011, Cooper told The Huffington Post's Mike Ryan he was eager about the project.

"Yeah, I'm very excited," Cooper said. "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."

According to Deadline, the book's narrative proved difficult to adapt.

In other HBO news, the cable network recently picked up an eight-part cop drama series, "True Detective," starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Additionally, the network ordered second seasons of "Veep" and "Girls."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article featured a typo, the author's name is Jonathan Franzen.

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