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Darko Productions Backing ‘Beer in Hell’

Tucker Max

According to Variety, Richard Kelly’s Darko Productions has agreed to produce the film adaptation of Tucker Max’s bestselling “fratire”, “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell”.

Published in 2006, the book’s humorous, gonzo-style stories document Max’s many episodes of excessive behavior. Since the book’s release, Max, a self-proclaimed “asshole” and a guy you hate to like, has created a cult following of twenty-something males. He continues to recount stories of self-indulgence on his website, and Simon & Shuster plan to release a sequel to the book in November.

The film will be based on one specific story from the book, “The Austin Road Trip Story”. The story follows Tucker and his friends on a road trip to Austin to celebrate a friend’s bachelor party. While in Austin, he abandons his buddies for sex, and after being banned from the wedding he attempts work his way back in to his friends’ good graces.

Bob Gosse has signed on to direct, and production is scheduled to begin in Shreveport, La., early next month. Max wrote the screenplay with Nils Parker, and I fully expect the crude, frank, and sometimes, disgusting nature of Max’s stories to be showcased in the film. Watering down the outrageous nature of his stories would be disappointing. And avoiding homogenization seems to be the reason Max went with Darko. On his website, Max stated, “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.”

As long as Darko and Gosse don’t shy away from the true nature of Max’s stories it should be, at least on a shallow level, pretty funny.

David is a native Californian now living in North Texas, where he attends college. David was introduced to movies at way too young of an age, and has been engrossed, obsessed, and desensitized ever since. He enjoys writing and watching movies, and after covering the 38th USA Film Festival in Dallas for "Park Cities Magazine", he figured combining the two might be a good idea. He generally uses the "5 Movies You Would Want With You on a Desert Island" question as a way to start conversations with women. However, since his are Ghostbusters, The Godfather Part II, There Will Be Blood, The Big Lebowski, and Bullitt, the conversations never really go very far. He's still hoping for the day that he meets the woman who would take Bullitt to the island.

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