It’s unfathomable after the success of David Fincher’s Fight Club that there has not been a single Chuck Pahalniuk book adapted for the screen since.
Several have been in development including Survivors, Invisible Monsters and Lullabye but it looks like the darkly satirical romantic comedy Choke will hit the screens next. Pahalniuk has quite a cult following and his book readings have become something of a legend over the past decade.
Sam Rockwell has signed on to star in the adaptation, along with Angelica Huston. The film is being written and directed by actor Clark Gregg. Gregg stars in the CBS sitcom The Old Adventures of New Christine, which seems like an odd choice to adapt the material, but he claims he’s been in love with the book ever since it’s publication in 2001.Principle photography begins this week in New Jersey and the film will also star actress Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting) and actor Brad Henke (In the Valley of Elah).
“Choke” is a black comedy that follows Victor Mancini (Rockwell), a sex addict who works as a Colonial War re-enactor and runs a con scheme that involves deliberately choking in restaurants and attaching himself parasitically to his rescuers, all to fund his mother’s (Huston) care at a private mental hospital.
He is forced to address his intimacy issues when he falls in love with his mother’s doctor and discovers that he is unable to perform with the one woman he actually likes.
With bated breath, this one will hopefully be every bit as worthy and deranged as Fight Club was.? A taste of author Chuck Palahniuk’s readings.