Michael Chabon Brings WWII Drama To HBO

The acclaimed novelist pits conmen and magicians against the forces of Hitler.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Michael Chabon Brings WWII Drama To HBO

Although Michael Chabon is best known as a novelist and script doctor, he may be heading to TV in a big way.

Variety is reporting that Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman have signed a deal with HBO to create "Hobgoblin," which features a group of magicians and conmen who join together and practice their deceptive arts on Hitler and his enemy forces during World War II.

Chabon and Waldman are tapped to co-write the script and executive produce the project. However, "Hobgoblin" is so early in development that it’s not clear if this will be a miniseries or a TV series along the lines of "Boardwalk Empire."

As a writer, some of Chabon’s most famous novels have included "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," "The Final Solution," "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" and "Wonder Boys," which was adapted into a film starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey Jr. in 2000, He also wrote an alternative history mystery novel called "The Yiddish Policemen’s Union," which is being developed at Sony by directors Joel and Ethan Coen.

A noted comic book fan, Chabon also famously wrote a draft for "Spider-Man 2." Chabon also co-write the script for the upcoming adaptation of "John Carter of Mars."

"Hobgoblin" will be Waldman’s first collaboration with her husband, but she is an accomplished writer on her own with books like "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" and "Bad Mother" to her credit. She also occasionally contributes pieces to The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

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