HBO to dramatise Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections

Author confirms he is working on TV scripts


US cable network HBO is working on a TV version of Jonathan Franzen’s modern-classic novel The Corrections, the author himself has confirmed.


Speaking at the New Yorker Festival, Franzen rubber-stamped rumours circulating last month that he is writing an adaptation of his acclaimed 2001 family drama, in collaboration with film writer/director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg).

The rights to the book – the story of a Midwestern couple and their troubled adult children, which has often been described as unfilmable – were purchased by producer Scott Rudin in 2001, with British playwright David Hare once thought to be a likely screenwriter. Rudin is still attached to the HBO project as executive producer.

Franzen, who named Breaking Bad as his favourite current TV series, said he envisaged the HBO production running for as many as four series.

Other future projects for HBO – the network made famous by The Sopranos, The Wire and Sex and the City – include Veep, the political comedy created by The Thick of It’s Armando Iannucci.


At the festival, Franzen also recalled his meeting with Barack Obama, during which Franzen offered the US President his opinion that Richard Nixon was the last truly “liberal” incumbent of the White House. According to Franzen, Obama replied: “Yeah, the only problem was, he was crazy.”