Written By Lucas C Haberstich
In addition to being a showcase for what's new and different in film, the Sundance Film Festival is also a feeding frenzy for movie studios where they screen films without distribution deals, then make their bids, the studio backing often making or breaking the film involved. The Hollywood Reporter reports that it's happened again and it's happening for a comedy.Fox Searchlight has picked up the North American and most worldwide rights to Clark Gregg's black comedy Choke for $5 Million this morning.
An adaptation of author Chuck "Fight Club" Palahniuk's novel of the same name, Choke "follows a sex addict (Sam Rockwell) who fakes choking in expensive restaurants to worm his way into the lives of their rich patrons. When his insane mother (Anjelica Huston) reveals the shocking truth about his father's identity, he enlists friends to seek out the full story before his mother loses her mind completely."
Having read the novel, I'd have to say that Rockwell is an inspired casting choice and purposefully choking should be an excellent showcase for his physical comedy ability. I just hope they haven't edited out too much of the bite of Palahniuk's writing. The lead's best friend (played by Brad William Henke (Dexter's Tony Tucci)) has a masturbation addiction that (while tragic) is too ripe with comedy gold to imagine removing. This one seems like a solid flick as long as none of the talent involved chokes.