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HBO Passes on Michael Chabon’s Pilot

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.

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.

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