Producer stays in adaptation mode with Franzen book buy

NEW YORK — Producer Scott Rudin has optioned Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, “The Corrections.”

Rudin, who’s proven himself capable of bringing to the screen high-caliber fiction other producers might deem too challenging, may have found another contender in “The Corrections.” It’s not yet clear if the novel will go to Paramount, where Rudin has a production deal, or to another studio.

Due out from Farrar Straus & Giroux next month, “The Corrections,” repped by UTA and Susan Golomb, is being cited as a strong candidate for one of this year’s major fiction prizes.

That would fit a pattern for Rudin, who has developed several Pulitzer Prize-winning books, including Michael Cunningham’s “The Hours,” Frank McCourt’s “Angela’s Ashes” and Michael Chabon’s “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.”

The novel portrays three generations of a deeply dysfunctional Midwestern family — including a patriarch with Parkinson’s disease, his bisexual daughter, a chef in a trendy Philadelphia restaurant and his prodigal son and an academic fired for having an affair with a student — who converge for a final Christmas at the family home.

Scott Rudin Prods. veep of production Mark Roybal brought the project to the shingle. Roybal became veep of production after exec Jonathan Karp, now an editor at Random House, exited the company last winter.

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more