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"Rant" Has Been Optioned By James Franco!

James Franco options Chuck Palahniuk's novel 'Rant'

Originally reported as an exclusive from LitReactor. The following news post was reported there by Joshua Chaplinsky and, with permission, is being posted here verbatim.

UPDATE: Deadline is reporting that Franco and his producing partner have tapped Pamela Romanowsky, writer and director of the upcoming Adderall Diaries adaptation, to write and direct, with Franco taking on the role of Buster Casey.

Of course, they didn't get their info straight from Chuck, so you never know. Franco did tweet Romanowsky's name in conjunction with the project (as well as a link to this article and my sweet-ass photoshop!), so there's that.

A little bird just alighted upon my shoulder and chirruped some interesting news in my ear.

That little bird's name? Chuck-fucking-Palahniuk*. And you know what he had to say?

Obviously, you do, because you read the headline. Rant is finally headed for the big screen!!! From Chuck:

As of last night we've finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant.  Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming.  Hurray.  After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I can't imagine a more exciting actor to work with than Franco.

I imagine this is going to stir up some controversy within Chuck's fanbase. On the one hand, Rant is going to be made into a movie. On the other, it's under the creative leadership of James Franco. Personally, I've grown to appreciate the man and his work. He did a great job with Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, and he's currently filming one of my all-time favorite novels, Steve Erickson's Zeroville. So I want him to succeed. I have a vested interest. And now, so do a legion of Chuck fans.

No word yet on whether Franco will be starring and/or directing, but you've got to imagine he'll be filling at least one of those roles. What do you guys think? Right man for the job? What's your ideal cast? Sound off in the comments.

*Okay, technically I heard it from a little bird that heard it from a little bird named Chuck Palahniuk. Close enough. My ears are still tingling.