Beware the culling song, as Chuck Palahniuk’s Lullaby heads to the big screen

Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favourite authors, Survivor is a particular favourite of mine, and while Fight Club was a much better film adaptation than Choke (at least in my opinion), I’m still pretty excited to hear that Lullaby, a book about a mysterious chant that’s been killing off infants, and adults, is being made into a movie with Palahniuk himself getting elbows deep in the movie’s production. Quite rightly too considering the origins of the book.

Lullaby is a novel which follows the story of journalist Carl Streator who’s sent to write about a series of cases of sudden infant death syndrome following his own child’s death. If you thought that was dark enough, Strator discovers that children and some adults are dying after hearing an African chant considered a “culling song” which has made its way into a book of poems. Streator memorises said poem, and uses it to kill people, and eventually destroy all copies of the book.

The book itself however, saw Palahniuk channel feelings about his father’s murder as he wrote the book to deal with what was happening in his life at the time.

Film makers Andy Mingo and Josh Leake are bringing the movie to life along with Palahniuk, who Mingo is hoping will co-write the script for him to direct. According to Empire, the movie is set to shoot early next year.

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