A tune that kills
Another novel in Fight Club scribe Chuck Palahniuk’s oeuvre is being turned into a film. This time it’s the 2003 Lullaby. JoBlo got the scoop, but it sounds like they butchered the director’s name. Nevertheless, know that he is a music video helmer and Palahniuk refers to him as the Swedish David Fincher.
Here’s a plot synopsis: Assigned to write a series of feature articles investigating SIDS, troubled newspaper reporter Carl Streator begins to notice a pattern among the cases he encounters: each child was read the same poem prior to his or her death. His research and a tip from a necrophilic paramedic lead him to Helen Hoover Boyle, a real estate agent who sells “distressed” (demonized) homes, assured of their instant turnover.
Boyle and Streator have both lost children to “crib death,” and she confirms Streator’s suspicions: the poem is an ancient lullaby or “culling song” that is lethal if spoken – or even thought – in a victim’s direction. The misanthropic Streator, now armed with a deadly and uncontrollably catchy tune, goes on a minor killing spree until he recognizes his crimes and the song’s devastating potential.
No word yet on what stage in the game this project is in.