Darren Aronofsky Finds His ‘Hobgoblin’ At HBO

The acclaimed director teams up with Michael Chabon for a new World War II series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Back in March, novelist Michael Chabon and his wife, Ayelet Waldman signed a deal to create "Hobgoblin," a new series for HBO. And while news about the show has been sparse since the initial announcement, the project has just taken a major step forward.

Deadline is reporting that Darren Aronofsky has signed on to direct the pilot episode of "Hobgoblin" and come on board as an executive producer.

The premise for "Hobgoblin" has been compared to "Inglourious Bastards" and it focuses on a group of con men and magicians who use their deceptive skills to help bring down Hitler during World War II.

Aronofsky made his feature film debut with "π," followed by "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler" and "The Black Swan;" which earned Aronofsky the Academy Award for Best Director earlier this year.

It's unusual for an Oscar nominated (or winning) director to have a TV project so soon after the honor, but both David Fincher and Kathryn Bigelow have also done so within the past year. In the wake of "Black Swan's" success, Aronofsky shocked Hollywood observers by abruptly withdrawing from "The Wolverine" sequel with Hugh Jackman a few months ago.

Chabon and Waldman are writing the "Hobgoblin" pilot together and they will both be executive producers alongside Aronofsky, John Lesher and Adam Kassan.

It's currently unclear when production on 'Hobgoblin" will begin, but it seems likely to start later this year.

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