Darren Aronofsky Directing Michael Chabon's 'Hobgoblin' WWII Pilot

June 17, 2011
Source: Variety

Darren Aronofsky

We're breaking down to report on this today, just because Darren Aronofsky is awesome and this sounds amazing. Variety says that Aronofsky is set to direct the pilot episode of an HBO drama titled Hobgoblin. That's already a badass title, but hear this concept - it's described as "Inglorious Basterds with magicians." The show revolves around a group of con men and magicians who use their skills of deception to help defeat Hitler and the Germans during WWII. It gets better. Writing the script, at least for the pilot, is famed author Michael Chabon (Kavalier & Clay) working with his wife, author Ayelet Waldman. I so want to see this!

Aronofsky is set to direct the potential pilot and executive produce with Chabon, Waldman, John Lesher and Adam Kassan. Not many other details are known yet besides what was provided already. This just sounds like everything I've ever dreamed of seeing coming together, I'm not even exaggerating. I love magicians and I've always loved seeing magic integrated in crafty ways (like solving crimes/planning crimes); I also love WWII movies and that genre, including The Pacific and Band of Brothers on HBO; and finally, Aronofsky is one of my favorite directors. Can it get any better? Well, yes, it could be a movie instead of just a TV show, but with HBO we'll get pretty close. Though we don't cover TV, I may continue to make exceptions for this!

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments


That premise alone gave me goosebumps...

Mardike on Jun 17, 2011


Been a fan since Pi, will watch anything he does.

Loser on Jun 17, 2011


Why would this be better as a movie? a good HBO series is like a ten hour long movie (in BoB case) or, alternatively, offer a  greater catharsis than a movie can due to the amount of time we've invested into characters (six feet under). so, so excited. Love Chabon and Aronofsky and ww2 and hbo specials and magic. Hope the casting is excellent. 

crumb on Jun 17, 2011


I litterally shit my pants when I read this. Admittedly I have food poisoning, But im pretty sure I would have shit my pants regardless.

Scott of the Antarctic on Jun 17, 2011


I've been waiting for a movie about these guys for about as long as I've been waiting for them to adapt Agent ZigZag. Two real-life stories from the War that have yet to catch the public's imagination. wiki that shit.

Jim on Jun 17, 2011

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