Exclusive: Palahniuk Confirms Lullaby Adaptation is at the Casting Stage

I was incredibly lucky to get to talk with Chuck Palahniuk yesterday, and while most of the conversation focused on the upcoming adaptation of his novel Choke, he also gave FSR some details about the progress of his other works that have been optioned for film.

Guess what? No news on Invisible Monsters. No real news on Survivor – Francis Lawrence is still planning on giving his I Am Legend skills to that project. Palahniuk said he’s already read the script for it and sounded really happy with it.

What came out of left field, though, is that Lullaby, an adaptation that hasn’t been tracked nearly as closely as his other works, is already at the casting stage. The financing is in place, and even though the production won’t tell Palahniuk who they are looking to cast, he believes they are waiting for a concrete production start day to make the announcement. Or at least to let Palahniuk in on the info.

As for who’s directing, our super bestest friends in the whole world over at JoBlo broke the shocking news that they have no idea who’s directing despite hearing his name in the interview. So the news is that if you know who it is, you can tell them. To be fair, it’s a Swedish name, and it’s really difficult to find any information online about him…or her. Is it Rolf Johansson? Wolf Jansen? Wolffield Hansen? Tek Jansen?

So yeah. Fine. We don’t really know either, but I’m not sure it matters. He’s unknown here in The States, but he’s managed to secure funds, a script, and is working on the talent. I put Palahniuk on the spot and asked who he’d cast if he had his choice to play the lead. His gut reaction? Treat Williams. Kind of a cool pick.

But as far as the horse race goes, it’s looking like Lullaby is going to be the next film adaptation of Palahniuk’s work that hits the big screen. Hopefully, it will hit the big screen here in the US and not just in Sweden.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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