June 29, 2018

It looks like Showtime has put the television adaptation of Purity, a 20-episode miniseries that Daniel was attached to, in limbo. Jonathan Franzen, the author of the novel, spoke with The New York Times recently and opened up about the status of the project. It seems like Daniel has departed the show to do Bond 25. Here’s a snippet from the interview:

It had been Todd Field on the phone. Field, who wrote a good 30 percent of 20 hours’ worth of “Purity” scripts and who was going to run and direct the show, had called to give Franzen the news that preproduction had been halted. Franzen stared straight ahead, trying to refocus on an agenda for the day. Maybe birding? Nah, everyone goes birding with him.

The phone rang again, and again he stood up to take the call. It was Daniel Craig, who had been tentatively cast to star in the show. He was being summoned to do another James Bond movie and couldn’t wait for “Purity.” But, he told Franzen, the entire experience had been extraordinary. He was very sad this wasn’t going to work out. They’d tried, hadn’t they?

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