HBO has bowed out of "Ruined," the planned screen adaptation of the acclaimed play by Lynn Nottage. The drama, set in a brothel in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, had been a joint project of HBO Films and Harpo Films, Oprah Winfrey's production company.
A spokeswoman at HBO said that it has passed on the project and that it is no longer in development there.
"Ruined" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2009. The play follows the interactions between the workers of a brothel and male visitors who stop by to drink, talk and more. The drama has received productions at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
A spokesman for Harpo declined to comment when asked if the company is still actively working on the project. Nottage had been working on an adaptation of her play for the screen.
HBO has a track record of adapting award-winning plays for television, including Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," Margaret Edson's "Wit" and Donald Margulies' "Dinner with Friends."
-- David Ng
Photo: A scene from "Ruined," at the Geffen Playhouse in 2010. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times