"Some years ago, I was asked to chair a commission which would prepare a new English-language Lectionary, using a modified form of the NRSV and a revised Grail Psalter. That seemed straight-forward enough, and the expectation was that the new Lectionary would be ready for publication at the same time as the Missal.
However, we struck problems with the copyright holders of the NRSV and have had some difficulties in our dealings with the Holy See. All of this so becalmed the project that there is now no hope that the Lectionary or any part of it will appear at the same time as the Missal. In fact, we have decided to move away from the NRSV and to prepare the Lectionary using a modified form of the English Standard Version (ESV), still with the revised Grail Psalter.
On this new basis, the project has progressed well; and the hope now is to have at least the first volume of the Lectionary (Sundays and Solemnities) ready for publication as close as possible to the appearance of the Missal. "
Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra-Goulburn on His Archdiocesan Web Site at the beginning of December, 2011
I completely missed this interesting piece of news at the time. And I am grateful to "Dominus Mihi Adjutor"Blog ( Dom Hugh OSB) for the news.
Dom Hugh is rather more kind than is merited in his description of the abandoned NRSV.