Especially after Oprah Winfrey chose it as one of her Book Club picks and he famously turned down an invitation to appear on her show.
Rumors have swirled for years about possible movie and TV adaptations of the lengthy tome and now there are reports that producer Scott Rudin ('The Social Network,' 'There Will Be Blood') and writer-director Noah Baumbach ('The Squid and the Whale,' 'Margot at the Wedding') are close to a TV series deal with HBO.
According to Deadline, the cable network may soon place an order for a pilot episode.
It's also been reported that none other than Anthony Hopkins has expressed an interest in playing one of the central roles.
'The Corrections' is a complex, multi-layered family drama played out over several decades of the 20th century. It revolves around the lives and troubles of an elderly Midwestern couple, Alfred and Enid Lambert, and their three adult children.
Rudin, who has been working on a possible movie version for the last decade, will serve as executive producer alongside Baumbach and Franzen, who co-wrote the adaptation. Baumbach is also attached to direct.
Hopkins is rumored to be meeting the producers to discuss taking on the role of stern patriarch Alfred, a retired railroad engineer whose body is starting to decline as a result of suffering from Parkinson's disease. However, if the project is a go, he may have at least one rival for the part.
'The Daily Mail' reports that his fellow Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland is also interested in tackling the challenging role.
In fact, the allure of 'The Corrections' for top-class filmmakers is so strong that a previous version was mooted in 2001 with Stephen Daldry ('The Reader') directing, David Hare ('The Hours') penning the script, and either Paul Newman or Gene Hackman starring as Alfred.