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Authors Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman Developing 'Hobgoblin,' HBO Series About Magicians In WW2

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist March 9, 2011 at 2:38AM

Michael Chabon is, incontestably, one of our favorite working writers. A terrific short-story writer and essayist, he particularly shines in his longer-form work, where he often tinkers with genre tropes, applying them to recent Jewish history to frequently astounding effect, as in "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" and "Gentlemen of the Road."
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Michael Chabon is, incontestably, one of our favorite working writers. A terrific short-story writer and essayist, he particularly shines in his longer-form work, where he often tinkers with genre tropes, applying them to recent Jewish history to frequently astounding effect, as in "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" and "Gentlemen of the Road."

But the novelist's had a mixed success in Hollywood -- while his early novel "Wonder Boys" was adapted brilliantly by Curtis Hanson a decade ago, his first book "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" received a botched adaptation a few years back. "Kavalier & Clay" and "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" have come close to being made, by Stephen Daldry and the Coen Brothers respectively, but neither have materialized so far, while his screenwriting career mostly involves early, mostly unused drafts on the likes of "Snow and the Seven" and "Spider-Man 2."

Things look to be turning around, however: Chabon co-wrote next year's potential box office behemoth "John Carter of Mars" with "Wall-E" director Andrew Stanton, and now news has come in that the writer, along with his equally talented novelist wife Ayelet Waldman (whose book "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" was recently adapted into the Natalie Portman vehicle "The Other Woman") are the latest big names to head to HBO.

Variety reports that Chabon and Waldman have sold a pitch to the cable network, entitled "Hobgoblin," which will be produced by former Paramount bosses John Lesher and Adam Kassan through their Le Grisbi production company. While it's slightly unclear, it seems that the project is envisioned as a continuing series, and focuses on a group of magicians and conmen who use their skills to fight Nazis in World War Two -- a plot more than reminiscent of Chabon's masterpiece "Kavalier & Clay," which involves two Jewish kids who create a popular Nazi-battling superhero called "The Escapist."

The pair will write the script together, the first time they've collaborated professionally, and will also serve as executive producers on the project. It's in the very early stages, so we won't see it for some time yet -- particularly with HBO's slate being so packed at the moment, and with the cost of the period piece likely being quite heavy. Nevertheless, it's a killer idea (albeit perhaps more high concept than HBO's usual fare -- not necessarily a bad thing), and one perfectly suited to the writers. We sincerely hope this makes it to series down the line.

This article is related to: TV Networks, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Hobgoblin


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