Married authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are in the early stages of development on a new drama for HBO titled Hobgoblin. Variety has the logline: “A motley group of conmen and magicians who use their skills at deception to battle Hitler and his forces during WWII.” My first thought: Whoa! Thought two: that particular grouping of “conmen and magicians” makes me wonder about the show’s perspective on supernaturalism. Will Chabon and Waldman equate magicians to conmen, simply repurposing the tricks of their fraudulent trade? Or will there be a dichotomy between the believers (the magicians) and the skeptics (conmen)? Either way — or any way, really — I’m in.
This is the first professional collaboration between Chabon and Waldman; they will write the script and executive produce. John Lesher and Adam Kassan will also produce. Hit the jump for a brief overview of the authors’ previous film experience.