What happened to the Sportswriter?

After having pre-ordered my copy of Richard Ford’s new novel Canada today, I did a bit of stumbling about on the Interwebs, when I found this article from 2007 about an HBO mini-series that was in the pipeline then. Directed by James Mangold of 310 to Yuma fame and written by Mark Bomback, it should have been a six hour version of Ford’s Bascombe novels, titled “The Sportswriter”.

Well, it’s five years later and I can’t find anything about the thing. Not on Mangold’s and not Bomback’s IMDB page. Which looks to me like it’s been shelved, but maybe someone out there knows more about it?

What happened to the Sportswriter?
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