How strange. On the very same day that Chuck Palahniuk’s new book Rant hits stores, we have news that one of his previous books Choke is finally making its way to the big screen. Happy coincidence or clever marketing ploy? Either way, it seems to be official since the announcement comes from ChuckPalahniuk.net, the official website of Chuck Palahniuk (who, for those who don’t know, is the same guy who wrote Fight Club!).
Last year we had heard that Choke had gained a screenwriter in Paul Bernbaum (Hollywoodland, Next), but now it turns out that Clark Gregg, writer of What Lies Beneath, has written the screenplay and will be making his directorial debut with this movie. Sam Rockwell will star as Victor Mancini, a sex addict and con artist who pretends to choke on food in restaurants in order to receive sympathy cheques from the people who help save him. It’s another darkly comic story in Palahniuk’s patented style, and I for one can’t wait to see how it turns out on the big screen. Hopefully this will also help some of his other books finally get made into movies, like Survivor and Invisible Monsters. Choke heads into production on June 18th. In the meantime, I should have my own review of Rant up on Film Junk sometime later in the week.[via]