James Franco to Adapt Chuck Palahniuk's Dystopian Novel Rant for the Big Screen
Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk and James Franco have both independently confirmed that Franco will helm the film adaptation of Palahniuk's novel Rant.
ME AND CHUCK PALAHNIUK!!!!!!!!!!!!! and my homegirl,… http://t.co/aoDHveUJoz— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) September 11, 2014
Rant, described as "the oral history of a serial killer," is a posthumous biography of Buster Casey, a man who led a short, violent life chronicled by his friends and associates. He got his nickname, Rant, from a disgusting childhood prank involving animal organs that made its victims produce a noise that resembled the word "rant" as they vomited. The novel is satirical in tone, and is revealed to be a dystopian, haves and have-nots social commentary when later in the novel, Rant leaves his hometown and shows the reader that urban society is stratified into two groups: the privileged, respectable Daytimers, and the oppressed, untouchable Nighttimers. It also has a little bit of superhero narrative and zombie apocalypse thrown in, for good measure.
Franco has directed several literary adaptations, including William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, and the upcoming Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. Both were praised as faithful adaptations, but received mixed reviews on their overall merits. There is no word on whether Franco will star in Rant, although many believe he will, especially since he starred in all of the aforementioned films.