HBO is in development on a series based on a This American Life segment–material less capacious than, say, The Corrections (another upcoming HBO project) and yet as intriguing. The story is about a workaday fellow who tries to break out of his rut (very Nate on Six Feet Under!) by rescuing Mexican kidnap victims (very whichever-season-was-the-Mexican-compound one on Big Love!). The creative team is to include This American Life host Ira Glass (who’d previously adapted his format into a Showtime series), actor Owen Wilson, and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. We’ll be looking forward to a story told in, like, 13 acts, rather than the usual three or four.
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