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Daniel Craig Starring, Executive-Producing in Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Purity’ for Showtime

Todd Field will direct all 20 episodes of the series, which goes into production next year.


When he isn’t appearing on “Jeopardy!” for a bird conservancy or railing against Twitter, Jonathan Franzen occasionally writes the odd novel here and there. His latest is “Purity,” and it appears as though it’ll also be the first to be successfully brought to screen. Showtime is adapting the author’s tome for television, with Daniel Craig set to star and executive-produce the series.

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Craig is playing Andreas, described as a German provocateur who encounters the title character — a young woman nicknamed Pip whose search for answers brings her to a group called the Sunlight Project. Todd Field (“In the Bedroom,” “Little Children”) will direct all 20 episodes of the series, which starts production in 2017 and will air over two years on the network. Franzen and David Hare will both serve as writers and co-executive producers, with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush sharing the latter credit.

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Franzen’s other novels include “Freedom” and “The Corrections,” which was likewise developed as a series by Rudin. Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest were all on the cast, but HBO eventually passed on it.

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