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Could Kavalier & Clay End Up on HBO? Stephen Daldry Hopes So

It looks like Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a few steps closer to getting translated from page to screen.

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.


  • demoncat_4

    a better easier option is to wait till paramounts deal for the film rights expire then pitch the thing for always thought kavalier and clay would make a nice tv series or maybe Michel could see if there is a a buy out clause for the film rights and try to take them back from paramount.

  • dork/geek

    Dear Hollywood,

    It’s time you guys and girls start asking us fans what we want to hear. Here’s a cool post I found about what comic books or books should be on the small screen.

    Someone in the comments mentioned “The Losers” would make a great HBO show. I totally agree. 

  • Mike

    Does anyone else think that HBO or Showtime mini or maxi-series would be a better fit for many comic adaptations over film?  Especially those that have a distinct ending, like “Y” the Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways.  And I’m honestly just now realizing maybe it’s just BKV’s comics.  But I thought that about Watchmen and Fables, too.

  • Mike

    Ha, I should have read your link before adding my comment.  The only better way to top the suggestion of “Y” on premium cable is if Joss Whedon was involved!  While I love Gina Torres, I’m not fond of her playing a character in her 20s.  I think Kandyse McClure from BSG has the look, maybe not the action chops.  Any true effort to make this happen would be much appreciated, Hollywood!

  • dork/geek

    DMZ should be on HBO1! It’s a great storyyyyy