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Collider talked to Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), who’s been attached to direct the movie for producer Scott Rudin for a while now. He said an HBO miniseries might be the better way to tell the story of a pair of comic book creators in the 1930s and ’40s who dreamed up a Superman-level hit in the form of The Escapist.
“I would love to do something for TV … I wanna do Kavalier & Clay on HBO as an eight-parter,” Daldry said. “It’ll be so much better as a series, honestly.”
It seems like a good plan, so what’s standing in the way? Well, for one thing, Paramount Pictures holds the film rights and would have to make some kind of deal with the cable network.
While an adaptation of Kavalier & Clay has spent the last decade in development hell, Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman sold a pilot to HBO called Hobgoblin about magicians and con men in the ’30s. Considering the writer already has connections at HBO, the deal might be a little easier to pull off than expected.