Chuck Palahniuk’s Rant Optioned?

Chuck Palahniuk‘s official website has word that the Fight Club/Choke author’s last book Rant, might have been optioned for a big screen movie adaptation. We’re not sure what studio made the purchase, and we really don’t have any more information. I’ve been calling sources for the last few days and have come up short.

But before you get too excited, I must remind you that all of Chuck’s books have been optioned, but so far only two movies have been greenlit. Studios love to develop Palahniuk projects, but no one is willing to front the money, especially in this post-9/11 world. I’m still hoping Survivor will someday be given the go ahead, but I’m not holding my breath.

Rant is probably my least favorite Palahniuk novel thus far (I have yet to find time to read his latest). The book is structured like a oral history of Buster “Rant” Casey. Essentially, the stories are told by an assortment of friends, enemies, admirers, detractors, and relations. Part of the appeal of the book is the differing versions of stories from the different characters. I’m not sure this would translate well to the big screen. I’ve included the official synopsis from the book below:

“Buster Casey was every small kid born in a small town, searching for real thrills in a world of video games and action/adventure movies. The high school rebel who always wins (and a childhood murderer?), Rant Casey escapes from his hometown of Middleton for the big city and becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing, where on designated nights the participants recognize each other by dressing their cars with tin-can tails, “Just Married” toothpaste graffiti, and other refuse, then look for designated markings in order to stalk and crash into each other. It’s in this violent, late-night hunting game that Casey meets three friends. And after his spectacular death, these friends gather the testimonies needed to build an oral history of his short life. Their collected anecdotes explore the charges that his saliva infected hundreds and caused a silent, urban plague of rabies…”

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Choke: Two Video Clips

Fox Searchlight has released a couple clips from Clark Gregg’s big screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Choke. Sex addict and colonial theme park worker, Victor Mancini, has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mom’s hospital bills while she suffers from an Alzheimer’s disease that hides the truth about his childhood. He pretends to choke on food in a restaurant and the person who “saves” him will feel responsible for Victor for the rest of their lives. The first clip comes from Moviefone, and involves Victor and his best friend Denny raiding the mail for donations.

The second clip comes from ChuckPalahniuk.net. This flashback sequence takes us back to when Victor’s mother would kidnap him from his foster homes as a child.

Chuck Palahniuk & Clark Gregg Talk Choke

Fox Searchlight provided us with the exclusive video clip of author Chuck Palahniuk, and filmmaker/actor Clark Gregg talking about the big screen adaptation of Choke during a recent Q&A and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Enjoy!

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Choke hits select theaters on September 26th 2008.

NSFW: Choke Red Band Movie Trailer

I definitely did not touch your woo-woo. Fox Searchlight has released a new trailer for Clark Gregg’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke, and it’s Red Band! That’s right, completely uncensored, vulgar, nudity, overall – totally Not Safe For Work. That said, this is a much funnier, more accurate representation of the actual film than the previous trailer. I know some of you might be weary of jumping in head first due to the film’s look which screams loudly “low budget”, but trust me, this is a must see for anyone who loved Fight Club. And yes, that is a quote from /Film’s own Mel Valentin (it also appeared in the previous green band trailer, which even got some run time on the big screen).

Check out the restricted trailer on the film’s official website ChokeOnThis.net.

Official Plot Synopsis: Actor-turned-director Clark Gregg shows he is as adept behind the camera as he is in front of it with CHOKE, a wickedly colorful dark comedy about mothers and sons, sexual compulsion, and the sordid underbelly of Colonial theme parks. Victor Mancini (Rockwell), a sex-addicted med-school dropout, who keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida (Huston), in an expensive private medical hospital by working days as a historical reenactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park. At night Victor runs a scam by deliberately choking in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who “save” him. When, in a rare lucid movement, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor enlists the aid of his best friend, Denny (Henke) and his mother’s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall (Macdonald), to solve the mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever.

Choke hits theaters on September 26th 2008.

New Choke Photos

Fox Searchlight has released a few new photos from Clark Gregg’s big screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke. I’ve seen the movie twice now, and I’m pretty sure the photo above comes from a scene which was not included in film festival cut of the movie. Clark Gregg filmed Palahniuk’s original ending to the book, but the scene didn’t play as expected, and it was cut from the final film. Could this mean that the original ending has been reinserted into the film? Or is the photo above from another moment in the film which I might be completely forgetting?

Choke Movie Trailer

Choke

Fox Searchlight has released the movie trailer for Clark Gregg’s big screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke. If you were a fan of Fight Club, you’ll love Choke. I’ve seen the movie two times now, and /Film’s Mel Valentin is even quoted in the trailer (right after Entertainment Weekly), how cool is that (you can read Mel’s full review here). I’m hoping that a red band movie trailer will be released which might give you a better look at the tone of the film, but I think the green band does a good job. What do you guys think?

Watch the trailer in High Definition on MTV.com. Choke will hit theaters on September 26th 2008.

Official Plot Synopsis: Actor-turned-director Clark Gregg shows he is as adept behind the camera as he is in front of it with CHOKE, a wickedly colorful dark comedy about mothers and sons, sexual compulsion, and the sordid underbelly of Colonial theme parks. Victor Mancini (Rockwell), a sex-addicted med-school dropout, who keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida (Huston), in an expensive private medical hospital by working days as a historical reenactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park. At night Victor runs a scam by deliberately choking in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who “save” him. When, in a rare lucid movement, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor enlists the aid of his best friend, Denny (Henke) and his mother’s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall (Macdonald), to solve the mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever.

Choke Movie Poster

Choke

Fox Searchlight has released the teaser poster for the Clark Gregg‘s big screen adaption of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk‘s Choke. The poster features a silhouette of Sam Rockwell choking on either Kelly Macdonal or Anjelica Huston. Either way I’m not sure I get the symbology, but it’s certainly a cool looking image.

You can read my fanboy review from Sundance or Mel Valentin’s review from SXSW. Fox Searchlight told us that Mel might actually be quoted in some of the pre-release advertising (“vulgar, crude, profane, blasphemous, obscene, and, best of all, hilarious” – Mel Valentin, SLASHFILM.COM).

Choke Movie Poster

Official Plot Synopsis: Victor Mancini (Rockwell), a sex-addicted med-school dropout, who keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida (Huston), in an expensive private medical hospital by working days as a historical reenactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park. At night Victor runs a scam by deliberately choking in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who “save” him. When, in a rare lucid movement, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor enlists the aid of his best friend, Denny (Henke) and his mother’s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall (Macdonald), to solve the mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever. The film is adapted from the best-selling, critically acclaimed novel by Chuck Palahniuk.

Choke will open in theaters on September 26th 2008.

source: Fox Searchlight via IMPAwards

Release Date Change: Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke

CHOKE

Fox Searchlight has just informed us that the big screen adaptation of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk‘s Choke has been pushed back to September 26th 2008. When the company snapped up the film for a hefty $5 million at Sundance, they immediately announced an August 1st release date.

The last Friday of July/first Friday of August is Fox Searchlight’s magic date. They opened films like Little Miss Sunshine and Garden State in that calendar spot to much success. The plan usually is to open the film in a couple markets, slowly expand throughout August, and open wide in September. But for some reason, Searchlight has decided to move the release back to late September. And this might not be a bad move. This will give Choke breathing room from the other high-buzz late Summer indie releases like American Teen, Towelhead and The Wackness. Palahnuik also has a huge young adult following, so opening the film up right after College is back in session might help the film’s marketing strategy.

Official Plot Synopsis: Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell), a sex-addicted med-school dropout, keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida (Anjelica Huston), in an expensive private mental hospital by working days as a historical reenactor. At night he runs a scam where he deliberately chokes in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who “save” him. When, in a rare lucid moment, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor must enlist the aid of his best friend, Denny (Brad William Henke), a recovering chronic masturbator, and his mother’s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall (Kelly Macdonald), to solve this mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever.

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