Chuck Palahniuk: Author Of ‘Fight Club’ To Adapt His Novel ‘Lullaby’ Into A Movie Depending On Kickstarter Success

Chuck Palahniuk, the author of Fight Club and Choke, is aiming to turn another one of his disturbingly entertaining novels into a movie. Through a Kickstarter campaign, Palahniuk wants Lullaby to be the latest novel to be seen on the silver screen.

The news of Chuck Palahniuk wanting Lullaby turned into a movie was reported by Movie Pilot. According to their report, the movie adaption of the novel will be the brainchild of Josh Leake, and all he needs is a paltry $250,000 to make it happen. At first glance, the Kickstarter campaign does come off as a scam, but Palahniuk himself is taking part in the movie as he wrote the screenplay and is also signed on as an executive producer.

It should be noted this isn’t the first time Lullaby was reported to hit the silver screen. Back in 2008, Chuck Palahniuk was part of a project with Swedish director Rolf Johansson to turn Lullaby into a movie. The predicted release date was supposed to be sometime in 2010. Unfortunately, the movie was never made. Now however, new hope has been injected once again into Lullaby becoming a movie with Josh Leake, director Andy Mingo, and Palahniuk himself.

Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Lullaby" is being sought out for a movie adaption through a Kickstarter campaign. Palahniuk himself is a part of the campaign too. [Image via Chuck Palahniuk's "Lullaby" Kickstarter campaign]

For those who are unfamiliar with Lullaby, the novel follows the story of a journalist named Carl Streator. He has a tragic past as he lost both his wife and child to mysterious circumstances. Teaming up with Helen Hoover-Boyle, a corrupt real estate agent, they set out to destroy an ancient African culling song which is responsible for bringing tragedy upon the lives of those who hear it. Nevertheless, Lullaby is one of Chuck Palahniuk’s most morbid pieces of literature he has ever written, and it was made from personal pain as it was written during a time he struggled over his stance with capital punishment. Palahniuk was given the decision to give Dale Shackelford, the man who killed Palahniuk’s father, Fred Palahniuk, and his father’s girlfriend, Donna Fontaine, the death penalty.


Eventually, Chuck Palahniuk had enough devoted fans of his work in which the Kickstarter campaign was a success. According to The Cult (official fan site of Chuck Palahniuk), the Kickstarter campaign surpassed its goal of $250,000. It raised a total of $405,189 from a total of 5,186 backers. Three gifts were earned for reaching the aforementioned amount too. At $275,000, starling (the bird used as a motif in the novel) temporary tattoos would be included. At $325,000, a concept art book with the Pander Brothers was included. Finally at $375,000, a “making-of” documentary, featuring Palahniuk, would be included.

Chuck Palahniuk’s novels have already found success as movie adaptions in the past. His most popular piece of literature, Fight Club, was adapted into a movie in 1999 starring Brad Pitt and Ed Norton. Eventually, Palahniuk would continue Fight Club with a sequel through a graphic novel. As for other Palahniuk novels, Choke was adapted into a movie in 2008 starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston.

Lullaby just finished up its Kickstarter campaign, and there is no set on when production for the movie adaption will start. Until then, many Chuck Palahniuk fans are keeping up with his writing. As mentioned earlier, the sequel to Fight Club, Fight Club 2, was completed earlier this year. Now Chuck Palahniuk is working on his latest novel titled Bait.

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