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?