Chuck Palahniuk's 'Lullaby' Novel Picked Up for Indie Film Adaptation
The work of Chuck Palahniuk has seen two big screen adaptations ranging from David Fincher's wild Fight Club to Clark Gregg's dark sexual comedy Choke (yes, Agent Coulson from i directed that movie). And now the author's fifth novel, Lullaby, will get the feature film treatment, and this time it falls on the side of independent cinema. The Wrap reports Palahniuk has optioned the rights to his book to Andy Mingo and Josh Leake, with the former directing the film and co-writing the script with the author himself while the latter will produce the film. The plan is to start shooting in Oregon or Louisiana early next year. Read on!
This will truly be in indie film with a passionate filmmaker as Mingo teaches digital filmmaking at Oregon’s Clackamas Community College. In addition, he's also lectured at the Paris-Sorbonne University regarding the process of adapting Palahniuk’s fiction for the screen. But beyond that, he's already worked with Palahniuk before since he worked with him on a short film called Romance, which was based on a short story from the author's forthcoming short story collection Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread. That same book also features a short with Tyler Durden before Fight Club.
So what's Lullaby about? The story follows a newspaper reporter who begins to suspect that an African chant, known as a "culling song" may be the cause of several cases of sudden infant death syndrome, including that of his own child. When the reporter learns this song has the power to kill anyone, regardless of whether it's spoken or just thought about, he finds himself killing people by accident, and then on purpose. It's dark stuff, but that's what happens when Palahniuk writes a book after the man who murdered your father is given capital punishment for the crime. It definitely sounds like an indie to keep an eye on.