Belgian filmmaker Koen Mortier (Ex Drummer) will make his English-language debut with Haunted, based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk (Choke). According to Wikipedia:
The plot is a frame story for a series of 23 short stories, most preceded by a free verse poem. Each story is followed by a chapter of the main narrative, is told by a character in main narrative, and ties back into the main story in some way.
The synopsis on the dustjacket describes Haunted as a satire of reality television, but according to Palahniuk, the novel is actually about “the battle for credibility” that has resulted from the ease with which one can publish through the use of modern technology.
One of the book’s short stories, Guts, can be read for free on the author website, here (warning, it’s quite sexually graphic).
As expected, Eagle Eye, the new thriller from Disturbia director D.J. Caruso took the top spot at the US box-office this weekend, making more than 29 million bucks. The romantic comedy Nights In Rodanthe came in second while last week’s big winner Lakeview Terrace dropped to third place. Finishing up the top 5 are the Christian-themed drama Fireproof, which did incredibly well consider its theater count, and Burn After Reading, which is holding quite well. Interestingly, Miracle At St. Anna, the World War II film from Inside Man director Spike Lee flopped big time, entering at number 9 with only three and a half million.
Actor Sam Rockwell (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford) has revealed he will star in a new basketball drama from director James C. Strouse (Grace Is Gone). Not much is known about the film, except that Rockwell will play the alcoholic coach of a high school’s girl’s basketball team, and that he described the movie as cross between The Bad News Bears, Half Nelson, and Hoosiers.
I unfortunately missed Grace Is Gone in theaters, but it is widely believed to be one of last year’s best movies. Sam Rockwell will next be seen alongside Anjelica Huston (Martian Child) and Kelly Macdonald (No Country For Old Men) in Choke, based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), which will be the directing debut for actor Clark Gregg (the When A Stranger Calls remake)