The first rule of Lullaby is Chuck Palahniuk wants to talk about Lullaby.
The Fight Club author has announced a Kickstarter campaign to finance a film adaptation of his eerie 2002 novel about a deadly nursery rhyme. The project is a collaboration with indie filmmakers Andy Mingo and Josh Leake, who optioned the Lullaby film rights last year.
Palahniuk is serving as executive producer and co-wrote the screenplay with Mingo, who will direct. Leake is on board as producer.
Lullaby tells the story of Carl Streator, an over-the-hill journalist who investigates a rash of mysterious infant deaths and discovers an ancient “culling song” that has been published in a children’s book. The novel is a deeply personal work for Palahniuk, who wrote it while he was mourning his slain father and grappling with his feelings about the death penalty.
In a campaign video, Mingo says, “For us it’s really important that we maintain creative control of this project to make sure that it’s the film that Chuck fans want to see.”
The filmmakers are looking to raise $250,000 in order to shoot later this year in Oregon, with an eye toward a festival premiere in late 2017 or early 2018 and a subsequent public release. Kickstarter incentives include props and signed memorabilia, as well as opportunities to appear as extras and make production decisions.
More information is available on the project’s Kickstarter page.