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Franzen Goes to Hollywood: Movie Adaptation Underway

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Online Only, posted 1.25.02

Although The Corrections never made it to daytime television (due to the Jonathan Franzen, Oprah Book Club dustup), it appears to be destined for movie theaters. The Corrections, Franzen's National Book Award-winning novel about a dysfunctional Midwestern family, is being made into a feature film.

Stephen Daldry, whose directorial debut "Billy Elliot" won acclaim in 2000, is developing a version of the novel for producer Scott Rudin, who bought the rights to the book last summer. British playwright and screenwriter David Hare is currently adapting the book, and production is expected to begin this winter.

Although movie-goers may have to wait a year or more to see how Daldry meets the challenge of filming Franzen's passages about Alfred and his talking turd, another movie adapted from a popular book will be released much sooner. Daldry, Hare, and Rudin just completed "The Hours," based on Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

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