Hollywood: Giving The People What They Think They Sort Of Maybe Might Need Someday

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and Late Show With David Letterman scribe Tom Ruprecht are at work on writing and producing a movie version of Chuck Klosterman’s coming-of-age-with-metal memoir Fargo Rock City. But those of you expecting a movie that plumbed the depths of one teenager’s rotting cassette collection (with a really heaping dash of Catholic imagery) will be disappointed, since the flick is going to have the music content turned down and the outcast angst cranked up all the way:

“Seventeen or eighteen is the perfect age for characters in a movie like this, because it’s at that age that you have drivers licenses and a certain amount of independence, but you’re still young enough that you can totally make terrible decisions,” Finn told us. “And you’re still young enough that you can have a two-hour argument over whether Motley Crue would beat Guns ‘N Roses in a fight.”


The pic will concentrate on particular portions of the book, including a chapter in which a faulty ATM dispenses excessive amounts of money to Klosterman, which both Finn and Ruprecht say they see as metaphors of the gilded age and easy credit of both the 1980’s and the past few years.


While music is an important theme in the memoir, it won’t be featured quite as prominently as it is in Klosterman’s writing. “Heavy metal is kind of a common bond among a group of friends,” Ruprecht said. “It’s the language they speak. But this will also be a universal story of dorky kids trying to be cool.”



Wow, a coming-of-age movie about dorky dudes looking to “be cool,” and, no doubt, score the right hot lady? How devastatingly out-there! I hope they can write the movie fast enough so Jonah Hill and Michael Cera can star before they “age out” of the lead roles.


(NB: I really didn’t like Fargo Rock City at all on first read, finding it room-hurlingly indulgent even for the already-indulgent genre in which it operated—I distinctly remember thinking “this is some sub-Diaryland bullshit” at more than one point while reading it. Although I do wonder if a second read eightish years after the first would result in me being kinder? Hmm.)


Letterman writer, Hold Steady singer in a dream/weird/promising collaboration [THR via MetalSucks]

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  • Weezy F Baby

    “The pic will concentrate on particular portions of the book, including a chapter in which a faulty ATM dispenses excessive amounts of money to Klosterman, which both Finn and Ruprecht say they see as metaphors of the gilded age and easy credit of both the 1980’s and the past few years.”

    I’m rolling my eyes so fucking hard right now. come ON.

  • http://idolator.com/ Maura

    @Weezy F Baby: But Michael Cera will stand around in such an adorably awkward way while that’s happening!

  • Thierry

    @Maura: And if he’s unavailable, Jesse Eisenberg will probably do the same.

    Seriously, though, as much as I’ve some of the music and writing both have produced over the years, a script written by Craig Finn based on a Klosterman book is like a Stuff White People Like entry that writes itself, isn’t it?

  • drunkwithpower

    “Co-written by a guy from a band you vaugely remember as being well-liked and the writer from a show you never watch” is a pretty powerful tagline

  • Audif Jackson Winters III

    So this is pretty much DETROIT ROCK CITY, except the group of teenage dudes tries to sneak into a W.A.S.P. gig instead of a KISS show?

  • http://idolator.com/ Maura

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: Haha, WASP. Oh man, does this mean that their cover of “The Real Me” will be used at a Pivotal Moment??

  • ObtuseIntolerant

    Truly nauseating. Now that I’m in “misanthrope” mode, bring on the next installment of the worst songs of the 00s!

  • http://imaginarychrisb.tumblr.com ChrisB.

    A handful of years ago I went to one of Klosterman’s book readings (I think when Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs was in paperback) and asked him about that particular chapter with getting all of that cash and he said that it was because the bank that he belonged only tied accounts to someone’s name and there was someone else in North Dakota named Charles Klosterman who used the same bank. Hence, the older, fully-employed Charles Klosterman’s deposits were put into the younger (and probably unrelated) Chuck Klosterman’s account. It had nothing to do with a faulty ATM (the ATM surely worked fine) or easy credit but a clerical error.

    I guess that’s sort of like getting easy credit, but it really sounds like the screenwriters are reaching for a metaphor that just isn’t there.

  • http://www.desperationandnoise.com BradNelson

    I really hate Chuck Klosterman, and I really love Craig Finn (at least the Craig Finn that seemed to be pretty much the best lyricist alive circa-Lifter Puller, I have no idea what’s happened to him here).

    Nothing’s right, I’m torn.

  • MhS

    Gosh hatred is such a strong and ultimately self-destructive emotion.

  • Chris Molanphy

    I don’t normally cross-post with other music-blog-type stuff, but…man, The Tripwire really took the snark up a notch here:

    http://www.thetripwire.com/news/2009/10/22/hold-steadys-craig-finn-x-popular-cultures-chuck-klosterman-brogasm/

  • http://idolator.com/ Maura

    @Chris Molanphy: the male/female opinion divide in writeups for this particular venture should be, to say the least, interesting.

  • Thierry

    @Maura: Wait – there’s a female audience for this project? I’ll believe it when I see it in the theatre…