Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk has made quite a name for himself as a novelist, and, as a writer who’s had some memorable success with one of his books becoming a well-known and loved movie, he’s looking to turn another one of his literary efforts into a film. Lullaby, his 2003 book, is currently being prepped for a late 2016 film shoot, and the movie has Palahniuk’s full support: he wrote the screenplay with the film’s director Andy Mingo and is involved in the Kickstarter campaign to fund the film. So, why is he so involved in the project? The answer, as it turns out, is actually pretty simple.
To get it right. It's never right enough as a book. I want another shot at it.
Well, there you have it. Chuck Palahniuk took to reddit with Lullaby’s director Andy Mingo in an Ask Us Anything conversation to promote the upcoming movie and get support for the Kickstarter campaign for Palahniuk’s for outing as a screenwriter. It sounds like he’s never quite satisfied with his books, even once he’s deemed them finished enough for public consumption. Or, at the very least, this is how he feels about the "finished" product that is the version of Lullaby all his fans know and love.
The novel focuses on journalist Carl Streator, who has just lost his wife and only child after he read them a lullaby. It turns out that the lullaby is actually an African chant known as "the culling song," and it’s a song that will kill anyone it’s read to. It’s not long before people around him begin to drop dead, and he realizes that all he needs to do is think about the chant and anyone he directs that thought at will die. Streator is a good guy, though, and he decides to track down every copy of the book the song is contained in. Along the way who meets a couple of allies who help him on his quest and join in this horror/sci-fi adventure. The book won the 2003 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.
The budget for Lullaby is an incredibly modest $250,000. The production has already put together a team of talented professionals willing to work for next to nothing and is currently completing as much of the pre-production process as possible so that the movie can begin filming as soon as it is funded via crowdsourcing. The Kickstarter began last week, and currently has 2,241 backers who’ve pledged $179,104. The project has 20 days left to reach its funding goal.
Well, by working on the screenplay for Lullaby Chuck Palahniuk has certainly given himself a chance to right whatever wrongs he feels are in his book. If the project is funded by the deadline, the filmmakers hope to have the movie in theaters by the end of next year, and you can see for yourself how it differs from the novel.