HBO Buys Rights to Pulitzer Winner 'A Visit From the Goon Squad'
HBO has picked up the rights to A Visit from the Goon Squad, the Jennifer Egan novel that just won the Pulitzer Prize in the fiction category, to be developed into a half-hour TV series.
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Groundswell's Michael London will executive produce and Jocelyn Hays Simpson will co-executive produce. Egan will be a consultant.
Goon Squad was published last summer by Knopf. The book focuses on a coterie of characters first introduced as they orbit the world of punk rock in 1980s San Francisco. Through Egan's use of unorthodox writing methods, the book tells a tale of their lives over the next 30 or so years, with interlocking stories that deal with changes in the lives of the characters and in technology.
Winning the Pulitzer, Egan's novel was praised for being "an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed."
The HBO deal isn't the first visit from Hollywood that ICM-repped Egan has received. Her 2006 tome The Keep, a story about a haunted castle, is in development at CBS Films, where Ehren Kruger is writing the screenplay and Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) is attached to direct.