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A whole lot of crazy joins the latest Chuck "Fight Club" Palahniuk adaptation SNUFF!

Published at: Feb. 8, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Snuff is one fucked up book. I'm not even being facetious. Fucked up might as well be the UK title of the book.

 

 

It's essentially a lovely family tale about an aging porn star that wants to go out on a world record by having her last video be a 600 person gang bang. The book is told from many points of view, typically from many of the 600 people in the waiting area getting ready to have their moment of fame. We know these men by their numbers ("Mr. 600" etc) and through them we get a harsh view of what personal damages, flaws and strengths go into the fabric of the porn industry.

Palahniuk wrote on his blog today that he's received word from the director of the film adaption (a man by the name of Fabien Martorell) that they've cast their first three actors. Playing Cassie Wright, the porn queen, is Daryl Hannah. Playing Mr. 600, the man who brought Cassie into the porn industry decades before, is Tom Sizemore (what great casting there) and playing a young "talent wrangler" named Sheila is Thora Birch.

I've only read the book once, but it has stuck with me. This could be a very down and dirty Paul Schraderish "I need a shower after watching" kind of flick, with a great off kilter cast perfect for Palahniuk's twisted outlook. Thoughts?

-Quint
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  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    First Mother Farkers!

    by Emit Brown

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    B cast

    by Emit Brown

    This sounds like a straight-to-video cast.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    Sizemore?????

    by Dookie_Lumpkins

    I thought he died after eating his own gunk in that home movie. I liked him in Private Ryan and hated to see his downward spiral.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    How do I get in line

    by DoogieHowitzer

    To be one of the johns? Always wanted sloppy 357ths.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Thora Birch

    by kafka07

    wow she's been off the radar for a bit.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Stoked.

    by allyousay

    Super. Stoked.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Terrible Book

    by ArchiLeachCouldKickYourAss

    Haven't been able to finish any of his novels since DIARY. Hell, I could only get through HAUNTED because of the amazing work done on the audio version. All of his books now are attempts at shock, without focusing on character or story. Someone adapt SURVIVOR already.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I wonder what the real world record for largest gang bang is.??

    by jolliff89

    anyone know?

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    It is not that fucked up a book.

    by V'Shael

    Honestly, if you think that's a fucked up book, then you haven't read much.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    as a huge fan of the book

    by thatfilmlover

    I don't see how you make this movie, the book is 2 people standing in line talking for most of it, sure there's allot of flashback, but people are having sex for 90% of the book. Also, i can't believe they will keep the ending as shown in the book, but hey, it's going to be fun watching them try and make this and it not be an NC-17!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    OH YEAH

    by Brian

    I hated Choke. I hope this one is better. The casting is sinister laugh out loud perfect.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    So, is there something magical about the number 600?

    by Snookeroo

    Were they trying to break a previous record or something?

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    this book was so bad...

    by professorjack

    during Hurricane Ike, I lost all power and had nothing to do, I drove to a Walgreens and bought magazines rather than finish this book. I was sitting and staring in silence and I still refused to need another page of that shit

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    It won't top the George C. Scott version

    by rev_skarekroe

    Turn it off! TURN IT OFF!!!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't mind Thora Birch wrangling my talent.

    by alan_poon

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see someone try and film "Rant".

    by phifty2

    It would be hard as hell but if done right an amazing movie. It's definitely his most ambitious, thought out book. Snuff could be cool but I think, like Choke, most of his work doesn't translate that well to screen. Fight Club had the distiction of a great cast, score and Fincher and even that made what, about $30 million at the b.o. I know it's become a modern classic but few people(I was one of them) saw it on release. Plus it had Brad Pitt so girls were going to see it no matter what.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Oh and Sizemore is perfect casting for this.

    by phifty2

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    SNUFF WAS HIS WORST BOOK!!

    by dr sauch

    Rant, Haunted, Invisible Monsters, why are we not making these?

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Sizemore? In a movie about a record-breaking gangbang?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    With an older pornstar played by Daryl Hannah? What alternative-universe Hollywood are we in right now? Did Hitler win WW II? Is America on the metric system?

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    As long as they don't fake it

    by RegnadKcin

    Simulated sex is so 80s.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Snuff, Pygmy and Tell-All sucked

    by Cobb05

    Chucks last good book was Rant. Although his next book sounds crazy. It's written like a judy Blum novel about a little girl in hell.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    600? Who's playing the fluffer?

    by Fred

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I want Survivor

    by bee152

    Besides Fight Club that was his best book. Lullaby or Diary would be pretty freaky too. Snuff was ok. Pretty short. Way too easy of a read. Like reading Dr. Seuss. I don't fell like he put any effort into it. Clark Gregg did a great job with Choke. Maybe it will turn into that.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Who's playing the fluffer?

    by bee152

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    The book that made me quit Chuck

    by virgin_eyeballs

    As much as I loved Survivor, and Choke, and Invisible Monsters, and Fight Club, between Rant and Snuff I am officially done with Palahniuk. This movie should tank.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Who's playing the fluffer?

    by bee152

    DannyGloversDickblood is.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

    by ROBRAM89

    The first time I read this book, I realized about halfway through that Chuck Palahniuk seemed to be deliberately writing the most staggeringly unfilmable book he possibly could. Then this happens.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Serious Question

    by Larry Knowles

    I guess I'm a little niave when it cums to gangbangs... What constitutes a "fuck"? Do all 600 men have to drill her in the vagina? How many thrusts do they need to count as a fuck? Can they just walk up to her and shoot a load on her...does that count? I mean...what are the rules?! I'm not trying to be a troll...I just really want to know.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Birch's parents were porn stars

    by Tristan

    Fact. Robin Bougie of Cinema Sewer did an expose on that one.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    larryknowles

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    At the events I throw, to be officially counted you must penetrate the honored guest in some way (vagina, anus, mouth, nostril, flesh wound, etc...). Once you have achieved penetration, it is acceptable to finish off yourself, but a portion of your offering must fall on the honored guest. Last weekend's honoree was hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes. You should have been there, it was a hell of a show.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Thanks Choppah!

    by Larry Knowles

    Really...flesh wound? You disgust even me, sir. How long does the penetration need to last in order to be counted? It seems to me that there should be a minimum penetration time accepted? Is it acceptable to stick it in for 1 second, take it out and jerk off on her? Also, I'm a perverted middle-aged man just like the rest of you, but I really don't think I'd like to participate in a gang bang.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Famous Sex Records...

    by Larry Knowles

    Check out this site! http://www.oddee.com/item_97082.aspx These are amazing! Especially that hot Russian MILF doing Yoga with her vagina!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Choke and Fight Club were awesome. How can this suck?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    WOW

    by MainMan2001

    this book was absolutely one of the worst books ive ever and i mean ever ever ever ever ever read. I didn't finish it. A complete waste of time but the movie could be good if they really make an interesting film about porno and what it does ect but they won't.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    hmmmm...

    by mcgillj

    I hate to see that there's no real A talent.. WITH that cast.. but a GREAT director.. could have been something special.. and still could be. The TALENT .. well for the characters anyway, is there.. personally.. I was thinking (and I have ZERO idea how she looks now.. but just mannerisms and.. personality wise) I was thinking Melanie Griffith in my head reading the book. Darryl Hannah COULD be great.. Sizemore could be INCREDIBLE.. but for some reason, when you read the book.. I ALWAYS pictured George Hamilton! Or at least someone very very much like him. As for the person who says 99% of the book is SEX.. did you read the book? It's NOT.. At ALL. It's like the Orgazmo of PORN! The complete and total misdirect and OPPOSITE of sex. The ENTIRE story takes place (well maybe 98%) takes place from various characters perspecitives OUTSIDE of the room waiting to go INTO the gang bang. I will admit.. I never got into RANT, I will be trying that one again.. but I LOVED his first 4-5. Wasn't enthralled with Diary though.. felt more like Chuck just trying to pull a Stephen King.. just wasn't HIS voice.. Haunted, yet again.. not MY cup of tea.. and you want to talk about DISTURBING (this one wins the award). While Snuff was far from my favorites (actually I LIKED Fight Club... ALOT.. really ALOT.. but.. Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Choke and Lullaby all beat out Fight Club.. so it DOES make the top 5.. with.. I'd say Snuff being about his sixth best book just above Haunted.. I have missed quite a few.. but am getting back into reading in a BIG way.. so I'll be working on tackling all of his books again.. Great cast though.. and the POTENTIAL is there.. but.. I thought Choke from what the book was.. was OK.. but a bit of a ground ball .. not quite the GRAND SLAM that Fight Club was.. here's to hoping... although as others have said.. Survivor and Invisble Monsters.. PLEASE!!!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Neuromantik is right.

    by bee152

    Wow, Thora Birch's parents really were porn stars. They were in Deep Throat. Apparently her mother doesn't have any more credits after her birth. Interesting. I'm not judging but interesting considering the character she is playing.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    If this movie actually gets made, I have one word for the director: Cumshots.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    They should just go all out and make it NC-17

    by Sardonic

    Seriously, it's not like this is going to be a blockbuster anyway.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    600 - is this the sequel to 300?

    by D o o d

    just sayin'!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Is there a collection of Fluff Girls in this book?

    by TheJudger

    You know- Those chicks who prime the contestants via the hand and mouth service. Darryl Hanna naked on a collection of dark green trash bags taking on 600 men. Oh man this is not going to be pretty. They should Roger Rabbit it. Do a short film adapt of Chucks short story "GUTS" before the main movie plays. Does her character swallow a large group collection of semen. How fucked up is this book.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I would have gladly played all roles in this

    by Willis

    Dare me, just dare me

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I only need to know one thing. What number will Gary Busey be?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Sizemore

    by Nachokoolaid

    I watched Celebrity Rehab, and Sizemore was FUCKED UP. Nice to see he's turning things around. Hopefully, he stays clean.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Please don't make this

    by hallmitchell

    Just leave it. Not everything can be a movie.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Didn't read the whole thing...

    by The Dum Guy

    Wasn't really all that... ahem... blown away by it. Although, I figured out the twist (if it was a twist, I just asked someone else how it ended).

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    SURVIVOR

    by sgtf

    Is the Survivor adaptation still in the works? I thought they were supposed to make one with John C. McGinley. I also would still love to see a film version of Haunted, would be tricky to pull off and it wouldn't become a blockbuster but it'd still be an interesting piece of filmmaking supported by an incredibly original and inventive work of writing.

  • Less than 600, I think. That was one of the most awful things I ever saw in a movie.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    His last readable book

    by lordgrimplemort

    I thought Snuff was ok, but thought the last 2 were AWFUL. Couldn't get more than 30 or 40 pages into Pygmy or Tell All. Did anyone else finish either of those? Kept hoping they'd get better, but every time I picked either of them up, I found them annoying as hell.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Birch's mom is Carol Connors

    by SantosLHalper

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    by SantosLHalper

    she was hot back in the day.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Houston 500

    by BobParr

    4 guys at a time wanking it around her trying to get it up for 30 seconds of fucking before being sent to the back of the line again. ZZZZ!

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Went Through My Palahniuk Phase in 2005

    by Autodidact

    Stopped buying his shit after Choke. I just couldn't get into that book. Survivor was good. These days I only read one or two novels per year, usually something sci-fi.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Invisible Monsters

    by Autodidact

    I have a real hard time with stories involving people getting their faces destroyed or ripped off. I had blocked Invisible Monsters from my memory. I actually ritually destroyed that book, I found it so disturbing...

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 4:12 a.m. CST

    i am down with phifty2

    by mrbong

    in regards of Rant. it was but only recently that i read it, and some fractions into it i clocked that this book screams "controversial, excellent film version". i have to disagree in regards of Choke, though - sure, a good many aspects of the novel either just didn't translate to screen at all well or were simply ditched, but i rather enjoyed the film version all the same anyway.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:28 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry, but that just sounds awful.

    by HelveticaConspiracy

    I wouldn't want to watch a porn where a woman gets boned by 600 dudes, let alone see a dramatic morality play about the whole thing. I have no interest in that side of the world. Not to mention, the thought of Hannah, Sizemore and Birch involved in said 'gangbang' is depressing enough. Those guys just scream creepy desperation.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Glad to see Thora Birch working again.

    by hst666

    I also liked her mom in DT and the Candy movies. Great at playing the ditzy blonde with a huge rack. Back when pornos were actually movies. Man, I'm old.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    reply to:archileachcouldkickyourass

    by oldnik

    Feb 08, 2011 4:22:06 PM CST Terrible Book by archileachcouldkickyourass Haven't been able to finish any of his novels since DIARY. Hell, I could only get through HAUNTED because of the amazing work done on the audio version. All of his books now are attempts at shock, without focusing on character or story. Someone adapt SURVIVOR already ----------------------------------------------- I totally agree about Survivor, I heard they'd sold the rights years ago, but I may be wrong. I've re-read every book of his upto Rant, which I actually thought was pretty decent and not that shocking at all. have you read it? Not read Pygmy or Snuff yet.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Obviously they're making Snuff because...

    by Citizin_insane

    It will guarantee lots and lots and lots of boobies. Is the best phalanuik book? Best cast? Doesn't matter! It's the fight club guy= best excuse to push nudity boundarys= box office $$$

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Does anybody really think this will ever be made?

    by BobParr

    Who the hell would be stupid enough to finance this and is this the only role Darryl Hannah can get? BTW, Tom Sizemore is a junkie who wouldn't be able to make it to the set two days in a row.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Also, we're all forgetting his MOST filmable book...

    by dr sauch

    Fucking LULLABY! Can you imagine how good that would be as a film?

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Lullaby...

    by phifty2

    ...I would say is his most filmable book and would make a great film. For once, the protagonist isn't some on the edge of society madman, but a normal guy who encounters some abnormal shit.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    haunted on imdb

    by zopagtai

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1311701/

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    My favorite Sizemore acting job

    by ATARI

    was in Strange Days.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Never get made

    by Mooly

    This is never going to see the light of day. Pretty much all of Palahniuks books have been optioned since fight club, and some have even had fairly big name start cast. I believe Jessica Biel was even officially named at one point. You can have all the cast in the world interested in the movie, but it doesn't guarantee it will be made. Meanwhile, I also wanted to say that palahniuks books are very "touch and go". However, I read Pygmy recently and it was the first of his books in a while that I've really liked. So to everyone who started reading Pygmy and couldn't get past the POV of a terrorist, or a pretty disturbing scene at the begining of the story, keep reading.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    I wonder how Thora Birch's mother feels about this...

    by Ken Shaw

    ...seeing is how she is Carol Connors one of the stars of Deep Throat.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Sex: The Annabel Chong Story

    by kenneth campbell

    wasnt tghis the same thing, but a documentry. that is one of the most depressing films i have ever seen

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Porn Stars...

    by Hipshot

    in my experience, are women from fucked-up backgrounds playing a bad hand the best they can. I got to know two of them over a period of some time: nice ladies, very guarded, with some real shit in their pasts. Charlie Sheen broke one's heart--I kid you not. Sweet kid, if you got her guard down. This movie could be tragic...hope they'll find a way to tap into something useful.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Survivor was the best thing I read from Chuck P

    by Spandau Belly

    I heard they were going to make a movie with Jim Carrey but then 9-11 happened and any movie about planejackings got canned. And yeah, Thora Birch is top notch.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    For em it's a toss-up between Survivor and Lullaby

    by hst666

    And I only exclude Fight Club because I saw the movie first and who knows how that may have affected my reading experience. I still greatly enjoyed it as it had enough differences to be interesting. Choke was kind of dull. I was planning to read Diary next. Opinions?

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Not all porn stars have tragic backgrounds

    by hst666

    Especially ones that get into porn in their early to mid-20s. It's the 18, 19 year olds who are often the ones who have something wrong with them. Or, I should say, they have backgrounds no more tragic than other actresses.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    True Stories

    by Autodidact

    True Stories was the last thing I read of his. It's an anthology of supposedly true stories from Chuck's life... like getting his tarot read by Marilyn Manson or going on steroids to investigate a story on steroids. Was okay but not especially memorable. Aside from the image of kid getting his intestines pulled out his asshole by the circulation pump of a swimming pool.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Adaption?

    by Josh

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    @ Dood re: Sequal to 300

    by Wheel99

    "THIS IS SPURTA!!!!!!!"

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I stopped reading his books after Lullaby.

    by knowthyself

    Palahniuk is one of those writers you either out grow or you get tired of his schtick. I'd rather seen an adaptation of Invisible Monsters.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Definitely lesser Palahniuk...

    by DanielKurland

    But I'd see it. And the Birch casting, considering how messed up the relationship with her and her dad is, actually is pretty nice. And she'll probablyyyyyy show her breasts...Daryl Hannah is also someone who looks like she belongs in a Palahniuk movie.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    And yeah, HAUNTED really would work well...

    by DanielKurland

    Much better as an HBO series though. I enjoyed what was going on in Pygmy, but Tell-All, his most recent has the same thing happening in every single chapter.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    some asian slut did like 200(?) -made CNN

    by Mundungus

    and they showed a line of guys waiting for their turn. <p> Ham sandwich anyone?

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    What the heck idiot would want to watch this

    by Teddy Artery

    movie? Why not just watch a real porn video. This will be a complete disaster.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Mundungus

    by hst666

    That was Annabel Chong and that record's been broken several times since. Further, one criticism of AC's gang bang was that there were only 70-odd guys and a number of them rotated through a few times to get the number. Generally speaking all those GB films are boring.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Anyone know the record for reverse gangbang?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The Choppah once did over 50 dried up sagging ginches at Hedonism II.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    HORRIBLE BOOK.

    by RedHorseVector

    can't imagine the movie would be better.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    "typically from many of the 600 people"

    by Grimcicle

    So three is "many" in your books, Quint?