The Corrections is dead. Long live The Corrections.
The HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s magnum opus has been rejected by network execs, apparently amid concerns that its non-linear narrative wouldn’t translate to television. That seems like something they should have considered before they hired Noah Baumbach as showrunner and assembled a ridiculously amazing cast that included Dianne Wiest, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig and Rhys Ifans, and thus made this possibly the thing I’ve been most excited about EVER (beating out even my 9th birthday party), but hey, television isn’t a science I guess.
I’m sure the pilot will leak online at some point, and we can at least get a taste of what could have been. But with HBO’s development process likely making it impossible for Baumbach and producer Scott Rudin to ship the series off to Showtime or AMC or any other potential suitors, it looks like Franzen’s novels are destined to stay in print form for now.
As a substitute, just stare constantly at these photos of Dianne Wiest, Chris Cooper and Ewan McGregor looking sad. That’s pretty much what the show would’ve been anyway.
(above image via Indiewire)