Wanna Hear A Culling Song? There's A "Lullaby" Movie Finally Coming!
Update: Just got confirmation from Chuck himself that he will be co-writing the script with Andy Mingo!
We just got word, straight from Chuck, that his fifth novel, Lullaby, has been optioned by director Andy Mingo and producer Josh Leake. If you don't know, Andy directed the hysterical and moving short film adaption of Chuck's short story "Romance" (to be featured in the upcoming collection Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread). He's also been a long-time friend of Chuck, by way of his wife and fellow author, Lidia Yuknavitch (Dora: A Headcase, The Chronology of Water). I've met Andy on several occasions and he's not only a talented filmmaker, but someone who really gets Palahniuk's material. This book is in good hand's!
Here's some more info about the filmmakers, from an upcoming Press Release:
Andy Mingo is a Portland-based director/producer whose work has gained recognition at national and international film festivals and screenings. His most recent film, ‘Romance’ was adapted from a story by ‘Fight Club’ author, Chuck Palahniuk. ‘Romance’ made its world premiere at the 2012 Raindance Film Festival and went on to screen at Cinequest, the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, and the 2013 Portland Film Festival. In 2012 Andy was invited to the Paris-Sorbonne University where he lectured on the process of adapting Chuck Palahniuk’s fiction to the screen.
Andy is also the director of the Digital Media Program at Clackamas Community College in Oregon, where he teaches digital filmmaking. For his efforts in workforce training Andy was awarded the 2015 Oregon Governor’s Award for Innovationin Education.
Josh Leake is a Portland-based producer and director Josh Leake is the founder and executive director of the Portland Film Festival, named one of the world’s “coolest” film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine. He produced "Glena," a feature length documentary that premiered at Slamdance '14 (now available on Showtime and VOD). His film, "Emptys," a documentary about people who collect beverage containers as their principal source of income, won first place at Tropfest New York, the world's largest short film festival. He's currently in development on several projects including a feature narrative adapted from a NY Times best-selling book. Follow him on Twitter @joshleake
And if you haven't read Lullaby yet, fix that! It's one of Chuck's finest novels to date.