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Why HBO Decided to Drop High-Profile Project With Stellar Cast Attached Deadline

Even with one of the strongest casts in recent memory to be assembled for a TV project, HBO has decided not to go ahead with an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's novel "The Corrections," Deadline.com reports.

The project from Scott Rudin and Noah Baumbach had lined up a star-studded cast, including Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rhys Ifans.

But executives were concerned about adapting the novel's challenging narrative, the story says. The book's frequent time shifts work in the novel, but HBO execs reportedly thought the format would create problems for viewers trying to follow the action over he course of a series.

The project was the latest attempt to bring “The Corrections” to the screen, which has been the subject of failed film efforts for the past 10 years, the story notes.

The decision apparently isn’t about money, as the cancellation of “Luck” recently freed up resources, the story reports. The Dustin Hoffman horse racing series was plagued by problems, including the on-set deaths of a number of horses, as reported earlier.

The timing of the “Corrections” decision is interesting, coming just after HBO picked up the high-concept Woody Harrelson-Matthew McConaughey cop show “True Detective,” as we reported this week. But the story reports that the two decisions are unrelated.