We got excited, you got excited, lots of people around here got excited last year when it came to light that Noah Baumbach was set to direct a film adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections — much of which takes place in and around the Philly area. This was less because of some shared major love of Franzen, it’s worth noting (because after however many years of arguing/having misgivings about Franzen, the general consensus seems to be we don’t know how we feel about Franzen), but more because, hey, that’s a big book and a bunch of it happens here and so it should be filmed here if it’s getting filmed at all. To her credit, Sharon Pinkenson did return our call, but nothing came of it.
And it now seems like nothing will ever come of it. In an interview over the summer, Baumbach revealed that despite (not) shooting (here) the bulk of a Corrections pilot for HBO — what? it was going to be an HBO show? — with Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans and James Murphy, the project now seems like it’s dead on the table. Which is a shame because wow: That cast! But no. Cut to: Baumbach’s already moved on to other things, Franzen is counting his money, and you’re setting your DVR for the season premiere of Girls, you lumpen, Jezebel-reading punchline. Sigh.
As the reader who tipped us off to all us this suggested, perhaps the only way to make lemonade out of these lemons would be to get Franzen/Baumbach down here for next year’s 215 Festival to show what they did manage to get in the can and explain themselves. Because frankly, we’re all just a little more excited about season two of Girls than we need to be.