Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, the winner of the 2001 National Book Award, will be making its debut on the small screen. Directed by Noah Baumbach and staring Ewan McGregor, this page to screen will reveal the secrets of a dysfunctional mid-western family.
Franzen’s widely acclaimed novel explores the elements of a dysfunctional all-American family. Enid Lambert (Diane Wiest) has been married for fifty years and now that her children have long since flown the coop to catastrophes of their own, she wants to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred (Chris Cooper), is losing his sanity to Parkinson’s.
Gary, Enid’s eldest, used to be a stable portfolio manager and family man. These days he spends his time trying to convince his wife – and himself – that he isn’t clinically depressed, even though all the signs point to his quick mental downturn. Chip (McGregor) just lost his seemingly secure academic job only to begin failing spectacularly at his new line of work. Denise, the youngest, narrowly escaped a disastrous marriage only to drain her youth and beauty on an affair with a married man – or so her mother fears. Enid, desperate for some sort of pleasure, decides to try and bring the family together for one last Christmas at home.
This upcoming HBO drama is sure to be a witty hit as Franzen pairs with Baumbach to create the screen adaptation. ‘The Corrections’ is rife with Emmy prestige. Now in production, ‘The Corrections’ doesn’t have a set premiere night but I bet it will be an HBO debut you won’t want to miss. As complicated as middle children can be, how can we expect anything less than a stellar performance from the man who successfully played Obi-Wan Kenobi?