Another HBO adaptation for 4th Estate? Stephen Daltry looks at The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

• Dec 12, 2011 • Tags: ,

Stephen Daltry wants to adapt Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay‘ for HBO

Daltry had been signed on to direct, working with Chabon and producer Scott Rudin to adapt the novel for the silver screen (Rudin is also working on the HBO adaptation of 4th Estate’s ‘The Corrections’ by Jonathan Franzen).

This has been a long-rumoured film, with Hollywood elite Natalie Portman and Toby Maguire linked to roles.

As Chabon fans will know, Kavalier and Clay is not the shortest of novels so turning it into a screenplay was something of a challenge. In a recent interview, Daltry stated that he would love to adapt the novel into an 8 part TV series for HBO.

Now, we can’t get too excited yet as nothing is official and there are a few rights issues about moving forward with the project.

When asked about the rights question, Daltry said:

What a good question. Well I spent a year working on it with Michael Chabon so we’re pretty close. And the rights, good question. Will Paramount give them to me? I don’t know

So, it’s early days at the moment but we’ll keep you posted with any updates we hear of.

Let’s hope that Paramount will be happy to allow Daltry to move ahead with HBO. Seeing as the film project as languished in development hell for a decade, I reckon there’s a pretty good chance we’ll be seeing Michael Chabon’s story on the small screen instead.

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