Darren Aronofsky Directing An HBO Pilot Written By Michael Chabon And Ayelet Waldman

By Katey Rich 2011-06-17 07:41:13 discussion comments
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Darren Aronofsky is hard at work securing financing for Noah's Ark epic, but he's somehow got time to make a move over to TV as well. In a team-up that's almost too good to believe, he'll be working with married novelists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman on the potential HBO series Hobgoblin. According to Deadline Aronofsky will direct the pilot episode to kick off the series about a group of con men and magicians who use their skills to help defeat Hitler.

The material crosses over significantly with Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and my favorite book of all time) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which is mostly about two cousins who create a Superman-like hero during the Golden Age of comics in the 1940s, but which follows one character though his escape from World War II-plagued Prague and also his budding interest in magic. If you've read the book, it sounds like the series will be what would have happened if Joe Kavalier had stayed in Europe, developed his skills as a magician and fought Hitler that way. It might be a more unrealistic take on the era, but if Quentin Tarantino could pull off something similar (and even weirder) in Inglourious Basterds, why couldn't Chabon and Waldman do the same?

As for Aronofsky's participation, it's thrilling to think of him working with Chabon, both of them artists with distinct voices and a track record of impressive work over the last decade. It's also just good to know he'll have some work out there in the forseeable future, as Noah, even if he does get financing soon, will likely be a long and massive production process. There's no word on when Hobgoblin might go into production or even if it will be picked up by HBO, but with names like this attached it's hard to imagine this is the last we'll hear of it.
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