Chuck Palahniuk's Book Choke Greenlit for Production!
I wasn't going to run any news on this until Peter from SlashFilm urged me to do so because apparently it's such a great book and worth being mentioned. The news is that Chuck Palahniuk's book Choke has finally gotten the greenlight by Universal to be adapted into a film with Sam Rockwell starring and first-time director Clark Gregg directing. Palahniuk has written a number of other great novels, most notably Fight Club (and the subsequent movie we all know and love), and it's great news that another of his novels is actually going into production, as apparently a few others have failed to get as far as this one.
Here's a quick synopsis of the book, or at least a rather interesting introduction:
Victor Mancini is a ruthless con artist. Victor Mancini is a med-school dropout who's taken a job playing an Irish indentured servant in a colonial-era theme park in order to help care for his Alzheimer's-afflicted mother. Victor Mancini is a sex addict. Victor Mancini is a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. All of these statements about the protagonist of Choke are more or less true.
And as Peter says, go pick up the book in a book store and read the first chapter, it may just suck you in and turn out to be the greatest read you've ever had.
So far I'm quite excited about casting Sam Rockwell. If this is eventually going to become another amazing cult hit like Fight Club, then he's a perfect choice. His career has been returning in full force recently with some of my favorite performances of the last few years in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the indie film Snow Angels. I really think he has the character and personality to pull something like this off.
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