NY Times best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk, author of “Fight Club,” “Choke,” and “Rant,” optioned his award-winning novel “Lullaby” to Mindpollen—just before his highly anticipated May 25th release of “Fight Club 2” as a graphic novel by Dark Horse Comics. The deal was brokered by Rich Green of ICM Partners and Bart Day of Day & Koch.
“Lullaby” is the story of a disgraced journalist, who loses his wife and child—investigates and learns of other families sharing his fate. He can stop the catastrophe but is blind-sided by the very people he enlists to help. NY Times critic Janet Maslin, characterized the story as “a sweet-sounding weapon of mass destruction,” while USA Today said it was “an alarming account of society,” and Contents Magazine summed it up like this: “Lullaby is at once a disturbing parable about the danger of of language and a tightly wound thriller full of surprising twists and turns.”
“Lullaby” was written as a way for Palahniuk to cope during the trial of Dale Shackleford who murdered Palahniuk’s father in 1999. Shackleford was found guilty in 2001. One month after the completion of Lullaby, Shackleford was sentenced to death.
Mindpollen is led by Andy Mingo, writer/director of the short film “Romance” which was the last film adapted from Palahniuk’s work. Romance was first published in Playboy Magazine and will appear in Chuck’s forthcoming short story collection, “Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread.” Mingo is also a sitting board member of the Portland Film Festival and the Oregon Video Game Association.
Mingo is joined with producing partner Josh Leake, best known for his onstage antics with Hugh Jackman during the 2012 Tropfest win for best film for “Emptys” as well as his recent feature documentary sale to Showtime of “Glena,” about a female MMA fighter and her struggles to be a professional cage-fighter. Leake is also the Executive Director of the Portland Film Festival, named one of the “coolest film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker Magazine.
Mingo added, “This film isn’t going to be your mother’s lullaby. It won’t send you gently to sleep.”
About Chuck Palahniuk
Charles Michael “Chuck” Palahniuk is an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction. He is the author of the award-winning novel Fight Club, which also was made into a feature film.
Mindpollen is an American film production company which produces and develops films, television programming, and video games. Find more info at mindpollen.com or follow on twitter at @mindpollen
About Andy Mingo
Andy Mingo is a Portland-based director/producer whose work has gained recognition at national and international film festivals and screenings. His most recent film, ‘Romance’ was adapted from a story by ‘Fight Club’ author, Chuck Palahniuk. ‘Romance’ made its world premiere at the 2012 Raindance Film Festival and went on to screen at Cinequest, the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, and the 2013 Portland Film Festival. In 2012 Andy was invited to the Paris-Sorbonne University where he lectured on the process of adapting Chuck Palahniuk’s fiction to the screen.
Andy is also the director of the Digital Media Program at Clackamas Community College in Oregon, where he teaches digital filmmaking. For his efforts in workforce training Andy was awarded the 2015 Oregon Governor’s Award for Innovation in Education.
About Josh Leake
Portland-based producer and director Josh Leake is the founder and executive director of the Portland Film Festival, named one of the world’s “coolest” film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine. He produced “Glena,” a feature length documentary that premiered at Slamdance ’14 (now available on Showtime and VOD). His film, “Emptys,” a documentary about people who collect beverage containers as their principal source of income, won first place at Tropfest New York, the world’s largest short film festival. He’s currently in development on several projects including a feature narrative adapted from a NY Times best-selling book. Follow him on Twitter @joshleake