Franzen is working with Noah Baumbach on the script and the series will be produced by Scott Rudin.
McGregor has been cast as Chip, the younger son of a Midwestern couple trying to gather all their children and grandchildren together for a family Christmas at home.
McGregor joins Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest who will play the parents.
Both films were nominated for an amazing 8 Academy Awards.
More recently, Scott Rudin has been the man behind the cinematic sensation that is ‘The Social Network’, staring Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Jessie Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (who many people believe was robbed – robbed! – of an Oscar).
Baumbach wrote and directed ‘The Squid and the Whale’, a semi-autobiographical film about his childhood in Brooklyn, which won two awards at the Sundance film festival in 2005 and was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay.
We’re having quite a time of it at the moment with HBO series. It was recently announced that the BBC are working with HBO to adapt Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker-winning novel ‘Wolf Hall’ into a TV series. This followed the amazing news that there will be not one, but two sequels to the novel.
The First, ‘Bring Up The Bodies’, will be published in May 2012.