Some big news comes in this morning regarding future adaptations of popular Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke) novels, one that might interest B-D readers. What if a song turned you into a serial killer? That’s the premise of Lulaby, the latest Palahniuk story being adapted to the big screen. Inside you can read about the film, which apparently already has a director attached to get behind the camera.
This weekend JoBlo scored a pretty juicy scoop from popular author Chuck Palahniuk, who is out doing press for the latest adaptation of one of his books, CHOKE, which hits theaters September 26th.
“LULLABY and SURVIVOR are the next to Palahniuk films going into production,” the website reports. “a Swedish director is doing LULLABY. He told me his name, but pronounced in with the proper Swedish inflections, so I know what it sounds like but not how it reads. Ulfer Jansen is the best way I can translate it, and Chuck said he’s done a lot of commercials and music videos, but this is his first feature.”
JoBlo reports that Palahniuk described him has “the Swedish David Fincher.”
Here’s the synopsis: Carl Streator is a solitary widower and a fortyish newspaper reporter who is assigned to do a series of articles on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In the course of this investigation he discovers an ominous thread: the presence at the death scenes of the anthology Poems and Rhymes Around the World, all opened to the page where there appears an African chant, or “culling song.” This song turns out to be lethal when spoken or even thought in anyone’s direction – and once it lodges in Streator’s brain he finds himself becoming an involuntary serial killer. So he teams up with a real estate broker, one Helen Hoover Boyle — who specializes in selling haunted (or “distressed”) houses (wonderfully high turnover), and who lost a child to the culling song years before — for a cross-country odyssey to remove all copies of the book from libraries, lest this deadly verbal virus spread and wipe out human life. Accompanying them on this road trip are Helen’s assistant, Mona Sabbat, an exquisitely earnest Wiccan, and her sardonic ecoterrorist boyfriend Oyster, who is running a scam involving fake liability claims and business blackmail. Welcome to the new nuclear family.