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08.29.2008
So today I kind of sat down for a chat with a writer named Chuck Palahniuk. He was doing press for his upcoming movie CHOKE (which features a hottie giving Sam Rockwell the ol' reverse ride), and of course, being the intrepid scoop hound that I am, asked him about upcoming adaptations of his work. There was the recent story that his book RANT was optioned, but this is what I heard straight from the horse's mouth. LULLABY and SURVIVOR are the next to Palahniuk films going into production. Francis Lawrence (I AM LEGEND) is doing survivor--which was previously reported on Chuck's site, and in more "breaking" news, a Swedish director is doing LULLABY. He told me his name, but pronounced in with the proper Swedish inflections, so I know what it sounds like but not how it reads. Ulfer Jansen is the best way I can translate it, and Chuck said he's done a lot of commercials and music videos, but this is his first feature. Oh, and he described him has "the Swedish David Fincher." So there you go, first one to find his identity wins!!!
Extra Tidbit: Do you guys like Lawrence for SURVIVOR?
Source: JoBlo

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8:41AM on 09/02/2008
Survivor is Palahniuks best book, Lawrence better not turn it into a commercial Will Smith flick slash, cgi fest!

That being said, I cant wait to see that book come to life!
Survivor is Palahniuks best book, Lawrence better not turn it into a commercial Will Smith flick slash, cgi fest!

That being said, I cant wait to see that book come to life!
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12:50AM on 09/02/2008

lawrence

I think Lawrence could do a great job on Survivor. I was a big fan of I am Legend
I think Lawrence could do a great job on Survivor. I was a big fan of I am Legend
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11:30AM on 09/01/2008
This is sick, Survivor is the shit, and I'm pumped... I call dibs on directing Snuff!
This is sick, Survivor is the shit, and I'm pumped... I call dibs on directing Snuff!
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1:16PM on 08/31/2008

Yeah!

I'm dying for Survivor to finally go through. I recall years back that Jim Carrey was looked at for the role of Tender Branson. I say that's an insanely perfect choice.
I'm dying for Survivor to finally go through. I recall years back that Jim Carrey was looked at for the role of Tender Branson. I say that's an insanely perfect choice.
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6:45AM on 08/31/2008

JesseNick?

"Fight Club" with a chick? What the...?
And Ben Barna, I hate you for interviewing the man himself.
"Fight Club" with a chick? What the...?
And Ben Barna, I hate you for interviewing the man himself.
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1:08AM on 08/31/2008

Swedish director?

Erik Skjoldbjærg?
Erik Skjoldbjærg?
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5:25PM on 08/30/2008
Lawrence is a capable director. As long as the screenplay is closer to the source material than his previous work than he should be fine
Lawrence is a capable director. As long as the screenplay is closer to the source material than his previous work than he should be fine
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12:35PM on 08/30/2008

Is it?

Is it Jonas Åkerlund?
Is it Jonas Åkerlund?
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10:27AM on 08/30/2008
I'm just glad more attention is being shed on Palahniuk's works, which CAN translate very well into film. Here's hoping for HAUNTED next!
I'm just glad more attention is being shed on Palahniuk's works, which CAN translate very well into film. Here's hoping for HAUNTED next!
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5:13AM on 08/30/2008
Constantine and I Am Legend were damn good movies....I'm convinced he could do a rock opera with the Jonahs Brothers and the care bears and still make it golden!
Constantine and I Am Legend were damn good movies....I'm convinced he could do a rock opera with the Jonahs Brothers and the care bears and still make it golden!
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1:41AM on 08/30/2008

SURVIVOR!!!

Lawrence is a damn fine choice for Survivor. This novel is one of my favs from Chuck. However out of all the ones that haven't yet been sent to the big screen, Invisible Monsters is the most wanted by Fans, I think. And I agree.

Swedish Fincher? Couldn't he talk the real Fincher into finding time to direct it. Chuck should write Fincher a nice letter asking him to turn another one of his novels into Cinema gold.

Fincher should do Rant!
Lawrence is a damn fine choice for Survivor. This novel is one of my favs from Chuck. However out of all the ones that haven't yet been sent to the big screen, Invisible Monsters is the most wanted by Fans, I think. And I agree.

Swedish Fincher? Couldn't he talk the real Fincher into finding time to direct it. Chuck should write Fincher a nice letter asking him to turn another one of his novels into Cinema gold.

Fincher should do Rant!
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12:45AM on 08/30/2008

Eh Lawrence...

I could see how Lawrence could possibly deliver on this, but he still falls into the studio grind. If he can flex his own creative muscles and not fall under studio suits, he could make it work. I think Tony Scott (who was rumored for a long time time for this) would be perfect for Survivor. And I'd like whatever drugs the person who thinks Rant could be adapted for the screen is taking...
I could see how Lawrence could possibly deliver on this, but he still falls into the studio grind. If he can flex his own creative muscles and not fall under studio suits, he could make it work. I think Tony Scott (who was rumored for a long time time for this) would be perfect for Survivor. And I'd like whatever drugs the person who thinks Rant could be adapted for the screen is taking...
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12:00AM on 08/30/2008
Hooray! Especially for Survivor. I'd like to see Invisible Monsters more than anything though. Is the lack of studio interest because its main character is a woman? Do they think not enough guys want to see "Fight Club with a chick"? I think they'd be surprised how many women would see it. Oh well.
Hooray! Especially for Survivor. I'd like to see Invisible Monsters more than anything though. Is the lack of studio interest because its main character is a woman? Do they think not enough guys want to see "Fight Club with a chick"? I think they'd be surprised how many women would see it. Oh well.
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11:35PM on 08/29/2008
YES.
YES.
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10:36PM on 08/29/2008
invisible monsters is good. this news makes me much happy.
invisible monsters is good. this news makes me much happy.
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10:31PM on 08/29/2008

i am kinda okay with lawrence, actually

I would love if survivor was finally made into a movie... I hope they keep the opening/ending on the plane, the book names and the cross country trip in-house part near the end...

Lawrence is good, and really quite decent for what he is -- a commercially-minded director -- which is not really disrespect at all, especially when we could be getting some piece of utter crap like ratner or wiseman... or even rob cohen or that ghostrider/daredevil douchebag.

Lawrence has a great eye for
I would love if survivor was finally made into a movie... I hope they keep the opening/ending on the plane, the book names and the cross country trip in-house part near the end...

Lawrence is good, and really quite decent for what he is -- a commercially-minded director -- which is not really disrespect at all, especially when we could be getting some piece of utter crap like ratner or wiseman... or even rob cohen or that ghostrider/daredevil douchebag.

Lawrence has a great eye for visuals at very least, and he can tell a story well too-- I wasnt a fan of the constantine comics, so clearly I cant comment on the adaptation aspect, but ive heard bad comparisons like the hero being british or black or something, and bigger things, too... and my reaction is, honestly, we're not talking about macbeth or romeo and juliet-- or even spiderman, batman, or ironman-- at best it was like blade or hellboy levels of fame in the comic world, i.e. nowhere NEAR big enough or well-known enough that you shouldnt just be happy its made into a movie at all, forget adapted perfectly and most faithfully... Everytime I hear someone complain about myers from hellboy 1 being the personification of a script note, I just think "Would the fans rather have had del torro storm out and not make Hellboy at all? The fact is, every adaptation has changes, and they are always a struggle of push-pull between somebody (if not everybody) wanting to improve upon the source and make the best product possible... Frankly comics are lucky in my opinion --book adaptations have like a million changes from characters to settings to themes to endings, but generally speaking, comics are far more faithfully adapted-- And when there are changes they are typically minor and worthwhile for several logical reasons, like organic webshooters in spiderman-- And the camera /spidey-logo beam -- wow thank god they ditched that ...

... Okay, I went off on a tangent there, but point is, adaptation is a necessary evil, Constantine is not really that bad in the grand scheme of things, and lawrence is certainly a director who LIKES the dark and dingy... Didnt I am legend have a dead main hero-- Isnt that dark enough? My god, it was written by akiva goldsman, you're lucky i am legend was as good as it was, and not much, much worse.... (Every idiot who claims the alternate ending was better can eat me... that was ten times more a case of tacked-on thematics and symbolism, not to mention being just a shitty, boring ending. )

In summation, a man whose first movie was about hell on earth and whose second was about the annihilation of the human race, yet hes a "everything is safe, everything is alright" director? ... Really? ... I think you have to admit Survivor could be in worse, less capable hands.
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9:06PM on 08/29/2008

RGARDLAND, Alien 3 wasn't Fincher's fault at all...

Look up all the interference and hurdles Fincher had to jump through during production. He didn't even come close to making the film he originally signed up to make and he disowns it. The day the films' script was finished from rewrites was the SAME DAY as it wrapped shooting. I shit you not.

Thank God Fincher hung in there and decided to keep making movies.
Look up all the interference and hurdles Fincher had to jump through during production. He didn't even come close to making the film he originally signed up to make and he disowns it. The day the films' script was finished from rewrites was the SAME DAY as it wrapped shooting. I shit you not.

Thank God Fincher hung in there and decided to keep making movies.
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9:01PM on 08/29/2008

I don't like LAwrence on Anything

I just now realized I made half of a dirty joke.

Anyway, I just don't like Lawrence all that much. He makes safe Hollywood movies like Constantine and I Am Legend-- both of which are just mediocre popcorn fare. I Am Legend was fun up until its typical "everything is safe, everything is alright!" bright Hollywood ending which completely changed the theme of Matheson's novel and completely went against the tone of the movie up until that point. I just wanted a dark ending, is that too much to
I just now realized I made half of a dirty joke.

Anyway, I just don't like Lawrence all that much. He makes safe Hollywood movies like Constantine and I Am Legend-- both of which are just mediocre popcorn fare. I Am Legend was fun up until its typical "everything is safe, everything is alright!" bright Hollywood ending which completely changed the theme of Matheson's novel and completely went against the tone of the movie up until that point. I just wanted a dark ending, is that too much to ask nowadays?

Anyway, I am far more interested in this "Swedish David Fincher" guy.
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8:49PM on 08/29/2008

I've been reading alot of Chuck

lately, just finished Survivor and Haunted and im in the middle of Stranger than Fiction. Gonna pick up Invisable monsters next...any good?
lately, just finished Survivor and Haunted and im in the middle of Stranger than Fiction. Gonna pick up Invisable monsters next...any good?
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8:44PM on 08/29/2008
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