Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby Adaptation Already Casting?!
"Imagine a plague you catch through your ears." As we've said before, all of Chuck Palahniuk's books are going to be adapted soon enough. Although Lullaby has supposedly already been in development for years, we only recently have an update on the book that's worth mentioning today. When I first heard of Lullaby, I excitedly asked my Palahniuk-loving friend what it was all about. The short answer: a poem that kills people. Sound like the start a twisted horror movie to you? Our friends at Film School Rejects talked with Palahniuk last week and picked up an update on Lullaby and its current development status. The good news is that it's apparently in the casting stages, which means we might see this Palahniuk adaptation next.
They report that the financing is place and casting has begun, although Palahniuk doesn't know who they've got in their sights. Back at Sundance, Peter from SlashFilm talked with Palahniuk and got the name of the director, some Swedish guy known as Rolf Johansson. Apparently this guy doesn't exist, or at least doesn't have much recognition in the US, but with that kind of sketchy information, I'm a bit concerned. We'll see how things develop and if any other solid information arrives, but for now we'll rely on all of these tidbits. If you're interested in finding out more about Lullaby, here's a detailed synopsis.
Assigned to write a series of feature articles investigating SIDS, troubled newspaper reporter Carl Streator begins to notice a pattern among the cases he encounters: each child was read the same poem prior to his or her death. His research and a tip from a necrophilic paramedic lead him to Helen Hoover Boyle, a real estate agent who sells "distressed" (demonized) homes, assured of their instant turnover. Boyle and Streator have both lost children to "crib death," and she confirms Streator's suspicions: the poem is an ancient lullaby or "culling song" that is lethal if spoken--or even thought--in a victim's direction. The misanthropic Streator, now armed with a deadly and uncontrollably catchy tune, goes on a minor killing spree until he recognizes his crimes and the song's devastating potential.
I'm definitely interested in this, like all of Palahniuk's adaptations, but I'm still not so sure about the director. I hope a visionary filmmaker can come along and turn this into an intense thriller, because that's what it deserves. If this mysterious Rolf Johansson is the guy, then so be it. The concept sounds awesome it just needs the right cinematic creative team to succeed. I think we've all seen enough boring thrillers, but a Palahniuk thriller is definitely on a new level. Until we hear more, we'll be anxiously awaiting the theatrical debut of Choke. We'll keep our eyes out for any more news on any of Palahniuk's books that we can find.