Chuck Palahniuk's Rant Headed For the Big Screen, Too!
With author Chuck Palahniuk in the spotlight yet again, I think Hollywood is realizing his books make for great movies. I know we had Fight Club in 1999 and Choke coming up this fall, but what other books of his are being adapted? We've already mentioned Survivor and Invisible Monsters before, but apparently Rant is up next as well. The book was first published just last year and is reportedly already been picked up by a production company. Thanks to SlashFilm, we're pointed to Palahniuk's official website, where they announce that it was indeed picked up and is in early development stages. Unfortunately there aren't any additional details, including who picked it up and whether it will be a small project or big (because that will make a big difference), but for now this is exciting enough anyway.
While I'm not personally the biggest Palahniuk fan, I took a quick look at the synopsis for Rant and was instantly interested. Take a look at this before you even start to consider whether this could be good.
Buster "Rant" 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.
This sounds like an awesome idea for a movie! Not only does it have an exciting story about a demolition derby and a high school kid, but it's got some murderous undertones?! Reminds me a bit of Fight Club (more than Choke does), where there is a lot more going on that what you see on the surface. I'm definitely going to pick up a copy of this book, although I don't think that many Palahniuk fans have called it their favorite book. However, I think in the right hands of a skilled screenwriter and capable director, this could definitely become something profound, although it may not be Palahniuk's best work. All of his writing is fantastic and simply the concept from this book is great enough to make me excited. Thoughts?