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Darko Entertainment Adapting I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

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June 6, 2008
Source: Variety

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

Darko Entertainment, Richard Kelly's newly launched production company, has signed on to adapt the bestselling book "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" written by Tucker Max. Any book with a title like that deserves to be adapted. The book is composed of various short stories narrated by the author surrounding his real-life testosterone and sex-fueled escapades. The film will be a loose adaptation of the story The Austin Road Trip, where Tucker and his friends head off on an impromptu trip to celebrate their friend's bachelor party. Tucker abandons his friends in the pursuit of sex and ends up getting getting banned from the wedding. This definitely sounds like a fun film that will be interesting to watch come together.

The film is being adapted by Tucker Max and newcomer Nils Parker. Bob Gosse, of Niagara, Niagara and Julie Johnson, will direct. Shooting is set to begin in July in Shreveport, Louisiana. Darko's Sean McKittrick commented on the acquisition, saying, "Richard, Ted and I all appreciated Tucker's gonzo style of writing in his book and had long been following the project. The story's uniqueness appealed to our own sensibilities of storytelling." The book has stayed on the New York Times bestseller list since its debut in 2006.

Tucker explains why he chose to go with Darko over other production companies. "We went with Darko over everyone else for many reasons, the main one being exactly what I wrote about here: They not only 'got' the creative vision behind the movie, but they were basically the only company that, when I talked to them, I didn’t feel I was dealing with financiers, I felt I was talking to actual artists." It's geat to hear that Richard Kelly's company has such a strong vision and creative team behind it. I'm looking forward to seeing this film, as well as Kelly's The Box, as they develop over the next few months. Has anyone read "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell"? Is it any good?

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  • Clark
    I'm not going to lie "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell" is a light, enjoyable read. Its really easy to get sucked into and once your out you realize you wasted your time because anyone could write it including yourself. Tucker Max is the ipidimy of an asshole. It's random stories about getting drunk and barely sleeping with women, its makes for a terrible fucking movie.
  • moldybread
    you meant "epitome", yeah??? I would like to see it as it sounds like my own personal autobio....getting drunk and chasing women, riding motorcycles...what else is there in life??
  • Rob
    Ive read it. Its actually a pretty funny book.
  • Tom
    the book is so incredibly hilarious. when i heard a while ago that they were doing the movie, i almost lost it with excitement.
  • Robert
    The book is fantastic. There are parts where I have fallen down on the floor crying from laughing so hard. And of any story to adapt, "The Austin Road Trip" is the absolute best. I recommend you get the book to read that story. Then you will understand how funny this movie will be. Also, Tucker has a complete production blog where he updates all of his fans about progress. I recommend that you check that out as well.
  • Jeff
    I agree with Robert and Tom, his website and book are two of the funniest pieces of literature online or in print that I have ever read in my entire life. I was in pain reading some of his stories from laughing as hard as I was, and although it seems that they have combined several of his stories into one (The Austin Road Trip has nothing to do with a wedding) I have been excitedly following the production of this movie for months ever since it was first mentioned on Tucker Max's message boards.
  • Mike
    Even though it's based on The Austin Road Trip, it's ultimately a fictionalized story.
  • ohsamma
    I would in no way call the book "literature", but it is one of the few books I've read that has made me laugh outloud, tears streaming down my face - and I'm a girl. It's definitely more marketed towards the male "sex and drinking stories are awesome!!!1!" crowd, but, well, TM does them so well just about anyone can see the humor.
  • sam
    I hope they serve beer in hell, is awsome. Anyone with a a satire humor will love this movie. Disney lovers stay home! Those of you that haven't read the book, buy it. I'll be shrink wrapping it for my daughter when it's time for her sex education.
  • Bob
    The book is definetly worth a read. Keep an open mind, and allow yourself to be sucked into his stories. The great thing about them, is not what is going on, but how Tucker tells the story. It's like watching a comedian telling a joke that isn't that funny, but his delivery leaves everyone in stitches. Fortunately for Tucker, his stories are amazing! Combine that with his unique way of storytelling and you're hooked! I'm looking forward to this movie, as from reading his production blog, he will very much be involved in every aspect of the movie that he can... and that can only lead to a great ending. Hopefully it all works out for the best.
  • Christine
    Tucker Max is a liar. None of the stories in his book are true. Yeah, they're mildly amusing at times, but when you consider that this tool invented them, they're far less entertaining. Once you see this loser in person, you realize that he is not the "alpha-male" that he portrays himself to be. Check out the Opie & Anthony interview, and you'll see what I mean.
  • Kendo
    I really can't see what is so funny in Tucker Max, his stories (fairy tales more like) or the whole "Fratire" thing. I also can't for the life of me see why on Earth Darko Productions are filming what looks to be the worst movie made ever. Tucker's stories are basically Loaded/Nuts/FHM etc. in book form, "Huh huh huh, I like, like beern'chixn'sports huh huh huh" Tell me where the humour lies in that and I'll laugh. Someone above said "if you like satire you'll like Tucker Max" or words to that effect. No If you like the fabricated rantings of a narccistic sociopath devoid of any genuine humour, with obvious "punchlines" and that, if you read between the lines, do little else than to highlight the author's issues with women and self esteem, then you'll love Tucker Max.
  • Pilot Abilene
    Tucker Max is a buffoon. Kelly is a genius. Why is this happening?
  • Iczorra
    People nay-say Tucker, his writing, his movie, etc. because they're unable to imagine living life by their own rules, as he does. In my opinion, people that get offended by the nature of the material Tucker writes about are uptight, moralistic, can't-find-the-fun-in-life prudes with no sense of humor. As far as why this is happening, Pilot, perhaps the guy you think is a genius sees something in his professional field that you don't. I'm just throwing that out there as a possibility.
  • rose
    Living life by their own rules? You mean men living in a society where women are merely objects to abuse and make fun of. Rape culture is not a joke, Tucker Max. My sister was raped by an asshole like you who thought it was all a big joke to do horrible things to women and she will never be the same.

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