HBO pulls the plug on The Corrections

Long-awaited screen version of novel, with Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is binned


US cable network HBO has decided not to proceed with its dramatisation of The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen’s modern-classic novel about a a Midwestern couple and their troubled adult children.


A pilot episode had been shooting in New York, with a cast including Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest and Rhys Ifans – but having seen the results, HBO either didn’t like them or didn’t want to commit to the reportedly high budget for the show, and decided not to proceed with the planned series.

The script for the dramatisation was written by The Squid and the Whale director Noam Baumbach and Franzen himself. Baumbach also directed the pilot.

Franzen’s novel, often said to be unfilmable, was first optioned in 2001 but is now, unless a rival network picks up the Baumbach version, further away than ever from coming to life on the screen.

HBO also recently passed on the pilot episode of Da Brick, a boxing drama produced by Spike Lee and Entourage’s Doug Ellin, and cancelled horse racing saga Luck halfway through filming season two when three animals died during the production.


The network has, however, recently debuted Lena Dunham’s Girls and Armando Iannucci’s Veep, both of which have been renewed for second seasons and will be shown in the UK on Sky Atlantic later this year.