Craig Finn and Letterman Writer Adapting Chuck Klosterman's Fargo Rock City to Film
Late Show with David Letterman writer Tom Ruprecht and The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn plan to adapt Chuck Klosterman’s Fargo Rock City to film, The Hollywood Reporter announced last week.
The writer’s 1991 memoir describes growing up as a near-lone metal fan in his North Dakota hometown, and Ruprecht and Finn plan to include specific portions of the book while also broadening its appeal. “Heavy metal is kind of a common bond among a group of friends. It’s the language they speak. But this will also be a universal story of dorky kids trying to be cool,” Ruprecht told The Hollywood Reporter.
Fargo Rock City is also a story to which Finn can relate, as he revealed in an Guardian essay published in February. “Hardcore felt like a world created just for me and my slouching friends,” he wrote. “Like us, it was decidedly suburban, and it was also angry in some of the same ways we were.”
With a first draft in the works, the writers hope to gain financing from studios and others. Meanwhile, Half Shell Entertainment has yet to report any progress on its adaptation of Klosterman’s Killing Yourself to Live since the company acquired film production rights last year.
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