First Look: Choke Video Clip

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My editor, Peter, has the Chuck Palahniuk adaptation Choke stashed in a lil’ box inside the fridge that is /Film, but he’s givin’ ‘er at Sundance (yep, it’s premiering there), so I’m raiding it. A “Meet the Filmmakers” Sundance Channel video with Choke‘s first-time director, Clark Gregg, can now be seen after the jump.

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Chuck Palahnuik’s Choke Soundtrack

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The big screen adaptation of Chuck Palahnuik‘s Choke is my second most anticipated movie of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The first Palahnuik film adaptation, Fight Club, had a great electronic score by The Dust Brothers, backed up by the powerful Pixies climax of “Where is My Mind”. So what will Clark Gregg‘s film bring in terms of a musical sound? Here is a sneak peak:

  • Radiohead – “Reckoner”
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! – “Satan Said Dance”
  • The Fiery Furnaces – “Navy Nurse”
  • Ben Kweller – “The Rules”
  • The Twilight Singers – “There’s Been An Accident”
  • Rogue Wave – “Lake Michigan” (which plays out in the film’s final credits)
  • Nathan Larson (Boys Don’t Cry, Palindromes) composed the film’s score
  • Alap Momin (a.k.a. The Oktopus) from the outré New Jersey hip-hop group, Dälek also scored one musical cue in the film.

Choke premieres on January 21st at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. I’ll be in Park City covering the festival, so check back for a review. No distribution deal is in place, but with the writers strike in full effect, I don’t expect any remotely marketable film to leave Park City without a studio deal.

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New Photos from Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke

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The two movies I’m most excited to see at Sundance this year are Morgan Spurlock’s Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden and the big screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk‘s (author of Fight Club) novel Choke. Collider has gotten their hands on eight new production photos from the film. Check out the photos after the jump. As always, click to enlarge.

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Sundance 2008

The line-up for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival was announced earlier this week. I just got my hands on a boat load of photos from the films in this year’s festival. We actually have too many photos to feature in just one posting, so we have divided this feature into a few parts.

Our second segment in the series takes a look at the films in the Dramatic Competition category. This year’s 16 films were selected from 1,068 submissions. Each film is a world premiere. The list of films includes: American Son, Anywhere USA, Ballast, Choke, Downloading Nancy, Frozen River, Good Dick, The Last Word, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, North Starr, Phoebe In Wonderland, Pretty Bird, Sleep Dealer, Sugar, Sunshine Cleaning, and The Wackness.

Also be sure to check out our Sundance 2008 Photo Previews for the Spectrum and Premieres.

Check out the photos after the jump. Click on the images to enlarge.

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First Look: Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke

First Look: Chuck Palahniuk's Choke

David Fincher’s big screen adaptation of Fight Club is one of my favorite films of all time. The book and author behind the book are even better than that. I’ve been waiting for years for Chuck Palahniuk‘s Survivor to become a film. If there were a top 10 list of unadapted novels, Survivor would probably be in the top five, somewhere close to Catcher in the Rye.

The film rights to Palahniuk’s Fight Club follow-up were sold quickly, but the film will likely never be produced. September 11th happened. You see, the protagonist of the novel hijacks a civil airplane with plans to crash it. The book is about much more than that, but the hijacking is a main part of the climax of the story. Chuck recently announced during his most recent book tour that a film adaptation is still in the works, however I’m still very doubtful.

My third favorite Palahniuk novel is probably Choke. If you never want to read Choke, than don’t pick it up in a book store and start reading the first chapter. It might very well be the best opening chapter in terms of sucking you in.

Choke bookIn Clark Gregg‘s directorial debut, Sam Rockwell plays Victor Mancini, who grew up going from one foster home to another after Victor’s mother (played by Angelica Huston) was found to be an unfit mother. Several times throughout his childhood his mother would kidnap him from his foster parents. But they would eventually be caught.

“Victor is now a man in his mid-twenties who left medical school in order to find work to support his mother who is now in a nursing home. He cannot afford the care that his mother is receiving so he resorts to being a con man. His “con” is to go to restaurants and midway through his meal, he forces himself to choke on his food. When some good Samaritan comes over to perform the Heimlich maneuver, he spits the food out and thanks them for saving his life. He keeps a detailed list of everyone who saves him and sends them frequent letters about fictional bills he is unable to pay. The people feel so sorry for him that they give him money, send him cards and letters asking about him how he’s doing, and even continue to send him money to help him with the bills.”

Choke will premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The first look photo above shows Victor sitting with his best friend Denny (played by Brad William Henke).

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Sundance 2008

Sundance Institute announced today the line-up of films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

This will be my fifth year attending the festival, and I think it’s safe to say that this year’s festival is the most mysterious. Most of the films announced today I’ve never heard of before today. That’s not a bad sign. Actually, most Sundance enthusiasts would probably believe this to be an improvement, after the festival has faced criticism of being too star-centric, and becoming too mainstream. It seems like this year’s festival is more unknown. There appears to be more wildcards than in recent years, so it’s very hard to handicap the line-up. But here are a few of the films that immediately caught my eye. I’ll have a better round-up after the complete line-up is announced:

Chuck Palahniuk is my favorite author of all time. David Fincher’s adaptation of Fight Club is also one of my favorite films of all time. Clark Gregg’s adaptation of Palahniuk’s Choke starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston is so far my most anticipated film of the festival. Palahniuk’s dark humor is unmatched, and Sundance is the best place to premiere his latest film adaptation. Now if only someone would have the guts to make Survivor.

Good Dick:
First time Scottish writer/director Marianna Palka’s love story between an isolated lonely girl and a video store clerk sounds interesting. Jason Ritter, Marianna Palka, and Tom Arnold star.

Elle Fanning (Dakota’s little sister) stars in Phoebe in Wonderland, about a little girl takes her already dysfunctional family down the rabbit hole when she seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher. Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Pullman, and Campbell Scott round out the cast.

Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are sisters struck by financial hardship, who start a biohazard removal and crime scene clean-up business in Sunshine Cleaning. Steve Zahn and Alan Arkin also star.

And everyone is talking about The Wackness, Jonathan Levine’s film about a troubled teenage drug dealer who trades pot for therapy sessions with a drug-addled psychiatrist, and in the process falls for the doctor’s daughter. The film stars Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby, Mary Kate Olsen, and Method Man. Olsen and Kingsley lock lips in one scene… ewwwww.

Full announced line-up after the jump.
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Chuck Palahniuk does Choke Cameo; Talks Snuff

We still don’t have an update for out story from a couple days back titled “Renewed Interest in Chuck Palahniuk’s Invisible Monsters?,” but thanks to MTV, we now have a fuller plot synopsis for Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s new book Snuff, and some new tidbits about the Choke movie adaptation. Palahniuk describes the Snuff:

“It’s about the shooting one of the worlds largest [pornographic] movies. It’s basically about three men waiting in the green room among 600 men. Over the course of the first act you learn that this actress plans to die during the production and that most likely one of these three men was a child she conceived and put up for adoption. He’s been trying to contact her for years. She’s never acknowledged him and he’s so desperate he’s shown up for this casting call to try to rescue her before she dies.”

Sounds pretty twisted, but what would you expect from the guy who created Tyler Durden? Palahniuk suggests that Kathleen Turner would be perfect for the eventual feature film adaptation. But I wonder, what movie studio would do a movie about a gangbang? Snuff will be released in 2008, and is the second installment of a science fiction trilogy, following 2007’s Rant.

A few more tidbits were also revealed in MTV’s set visit:

  • Chuck Palahniuk makes a cameo in an airplane scene which “takes place before [Victor] has discovered he’s a sex addict.”
  • The Shoot is 25 Days
  • The Budget is “somewhere between three and four million dollars.”

Choke bookIn May we told you that Sam Rockwell was set to star in a big screen adaptation of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke. Well now it seems official because the trades are reporting the story as fact, and we now have new confirmed details. Angelica Huston will play Victor Mancini’s (Rockwell) mother who is in a private mental hospital.  Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men) and Brad Henke (In the Valley of Elah) also star. Choke will also be the directorial debut of actor Clark Gregg, who also wrote the adaptation. Shooting begins this week in New Jersey.

Chuck Palahniuk is the biggest untapped resource producing books today. His breakthrough novel Fight Club, was made into one of the most brilliant films of the last 10 years. Yet none of his other novels have gone into production since, mostly because Hollywood is afraid to touch them.

I’m glad to see that another one of his books has finally been given a chance. Although, I wish it were Survivor – which was set to go into production before, well, THAT day. You see, Survivor’s main character is a terrorist who hijacks a plane and… yeah, that project is way dead. But it’s definitely my favorite Palahniuk novel (underneath Fight Club, of course).

If you never want to read Choke, than don’t pick it up in a book store and start reading the first chapter. It might very well be the best opening chapter in terms of sucking you in.

    Choke follows Victor Mancini and his friend Denny through a few months of their lives with frequent flashbacks to the days when Victor was a child. Victor grew up while going from one foster home to another. Victor’s mother was found to be unfit to raise Victor. Several times throughout his childhood his mother would kidnap him from his foster parents. They would eventually be caught and he would again be remanded over to the government child welfare agency.

In the present day setting of the book, Victor is now a man in his mid-twenties who left medical school in order to find work to support his mother who is now in a nursing home. He cannot afford the care that his mother is receiving so he resorts to being a con man. His “con” is to go to restaurants and midway through his meal, he forces himself to choke on his food. When some good Samaritan comes over to perform the Heimlich maneuver, he spits the food out and thanks them for saving his life. He keeps a detailed list of everyone who saves him and sends them frequent letters about fictional bills he is unable to pay. The people feel so sorry for him that they give him money, send him cards and letters asking about him how he’s doing, and even continue to send him money to help him with the bills.

Choke bookChuck Palahniuk is the biggest untapped resource producing books today. His breakthrough novel Fight Club, was made into one of the most brilliant films of the last 10 years. Yet none of his other novels have gone into production since, Until now.

According to the author’s official fansite (a great site about not just Chuck but also authors and writing), Choke has finally been given the greenlight. Sam Rockwell is set to star, and first-timer Clark Gregg will be directing.

Gregg is an actor who has done a lot of bit parts in television shows (The West Wing, The New Adventures of Old Christine) and movies (Hoot, In the Land of Women) over the last 20 years. He wrote What Lies Beneath for director Robert Zemeckis. Gregg adapted Choke into screenplay form and has been championing the project for several years now. According to the author, the mom is most likely Glenn Close, Annette Benning or Juliana Moore.

I’m glad to see that another one of his books has finally been given a chance. Although, I wish it were Survivor – which was set to go into production before, well, that day. You see, Survivor’s main character is a terrorist who hijacks a plane and… yeah, that project is way dead. But it’s definitely my favorite Palahniuk novel (underneath Fight Club, of course).

If you never want to read Choke, than don’t pick it up in a book store and start reading the first chapter. It might very well be the best opening chapter in terms of sucking you in.

Choke follows Victor Mancini and his friend Denny through a few months of their lives with frequent flashbacks to the days when Victor was a child. Victor grew up while going from one foster home to another. Victor’s mother was found to be unfit to raise Victor. Several times throughout his childhood his mother would kidnap him from his foster parents. They would eventually be caught and he would again be remanded over to the government child welfare agency.

In the present day setting of the book, Victor is now a man in his mid-twenties who left medical school in order to find work to support his mother who is now in a nursing home. He cannot afford the care that his mother is receiving so he resorts to being a con man. His “con” is to go to restaurants and midway through his meal, he forces himself to choke on his food. When some good Samaritan comes over to perform the Heimlich maneuver, he spits the food out and thanks them for saving his life. He keeps a detailed list of everyone who saves him and sends them frequent letters about fictional bills he is unable to pay. The people feel so sorry for him that they give him money, send him cards and letters asking about him how he’s doing, and even continue to send him money to help him with the bills.

We reported last year that Universal has acquired the rights to the book, so one must assume they are the studio moving the film into production.