HBO Developing Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad

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NEW YORK - MAY 26: Pulitzer Prize winner T.J. Stiles (L) and novelist Jennifer Egan attend the BookExpo for Knopf cocktail party at The Ramscale Penthouse on May 26, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images) Photo: Henry S. Dziekan III/2010 Henry S. Dziekan III

Yesterday, Jennifer Egan's rock-and-roll novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the Pulitzer. Today, HBO has optioned it for a TV show. There's no script yet, but Egan will serve as a consultant. The novel is composed of a number of interlocking chapters, told from different characters' point of views, over a span of about four decades. All to say, it's not obvious how it would be translated into a television show (One era? More closely connected characters? Using one of the chapters as a jumping-off point for a series only very loosely based on the book? Setting it all in eighties San Francisco? All in the present-day music business?), but between punk rock, Egan, and HBO, it should be interesting. [Deadline]