HBO Passes on Michael Chabon’s Pilot

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Writer Michael Chabon attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "John Carter" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on February 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

Despite a big-name director (Darren Aronfosky) and a killer (literally) plot involving magicians, con men, and Hitler, HBO has passed on Michael Chabon's long-in-the-works Hobgoblin pilot. Rumor has it that FX is interested, but Aronofsky has apparently left the project. Tough times for TV adaptations of beloved dude books at HBO.