Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sundance: Fox Searchlight Buys Choke for $5 Million! - SendMeRSS

Fox Searchlight Buys Choke for $5 Million!

In what I may already called the best sale of Sundance 2008, Fox Searchlight has bought Clark Gregg's adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel Choke for a reported $5 million! The deal closed at 5AM this morning after the world premiere of the film last night at 8:30PM at the Racquet Club Theatre. We've been following this film for quite a while and also happened to be at that very same world premiere last night, and I will confirm it was a great experience with plenty of post-movie positive buzz. Get ready to see Choke for yourselves sometime this year!

Choke stars Sam Rockwell as Victor Mancini. Victor Mancini is a ruthless con artist. Victor Mancini is a med-school dropout who's taken a job playing an Irish indentured servant in a colonial-era theme park in order to help care for his Alzheimer's-afflicted mother. Victor Mancini is a sex addict. Victor Mancini is a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. All of these statements about the protagonist of Choke are more or less true. Welcome, once again, to the world of Chuck Palahniuk.

I caught the world premiere of Choke last night and certainly will confirm that it is one hell of a great film. It's no Fight Club, but it is a Chuck Palahniuk movie in its own right delivering a solid story with great comedy and a perfect performance by Sam Rockwell. It's not my own favorite movie of the fest, but I couldn't be happier seeing this get picked up by the best indie distributor out there. Fox Searchlight has put out some of the biggest indie hits - Napoleon Dynamite, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno - and now it's time for Choke!

Choke was written and directed by actor-turned-director Clark Gregg as his first time feature in which he also co-stars in. If you haven't read the Chuck Palahniuk book, then click the cover below and grab a copy right now!

Chuck Palahniuk's Choke

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Link - Comments - Alex Billington - Tue, 22 Jan 2008 10:33:28 GMT - Feed (2 subs)
User comment: By: Max
oh man. i saw that on the msn homepage. that sucks sooo bad, whatta terrible thing drugs can do.
User comment: By: Alfredo
I read it on and thought it might be a rumor so I headed here to find out... but no news so I dismissed it, but now it's on yahoo =( f---, the joker's gone
User comment: By: Stephen
Yes it is very sad. Alex we need a post on this.
User comment: By: scar
heath ledger is dead!!!
User comment: By: johnny b
amazing amazing. my favorite chuck p. book and i love sam rockwell. cant wait!
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