Chuck Klosterman’s Fargo Rock City Getting Adapted for the Big Screen… By The Singer of The Hold Steady?
Well this is a pretty weird story. It appears that another one of Chuck Klosterman’s books is headed to the big screen, and the people behind it are none other than Tom Ruprecht, a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, and Craig Finn, frontman for popular indie rock band The Hold Steady. Huh? The duo have optioned the rights to Fargo Rock City, Klosterman’s first book, a semi-autobiographical memoir of growing up in the midwest throughout the ’80s as a fan of heavy metal. It will join Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story, the other Klosterman book that is currently in development as a feature film.
Fargo Rock City actually seems a fair bit more suitable for a film adaptation, and according to Risky Business, Ruprecht and Finn will be focusing more on the idea of a group of nerdy high school seniors in search of themselves, with heavy metal serving as the common bond between them. Finn had this to say:
“Seventeen or eighteen is the perfect age for characters in a movie like this, because it’s at that age that you have drivers licenses and a certain amount of independence, but you’re still young enough that you can totally make terrible decisions… And you’re still young enough that you can have a two-hour argument over whether Motley Crue would beat Guns ‘N Roses in a fight.”
Klosterman will also produce the movie, which doesn’t yet have financial backing. Ruprecht has also previously written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and McSweeney’s, while Finn doesn’t have any published works, but many of his songs are parables about the foolishness of adolescence. It seems like they might make for a good team. What do you think, does this have the makings of a new Dazed and Confused, or will it simply pander to the hipster crowd? Klosterman’s latest book Eating the Dinosaur just hit stores last week.