Collider has scored four clips from the upcoming flick Choke. Based-upon a Chuck Palahniuk novel and starring Sam Rockwell, Choke was bought up by Fox Searchlight for a cool $5 million at Sundance and gets an August 1, 2008 release date. Given Fox Searchlight’s recent track record for successful small movies (Juno, Little Miss Sunshine to name two) this is a good thing for Palahniuk and movie fans.
It will initially come out in limited release and then hopefully blow up large. The picture is directed by Clark Gregg. That’s him on the left below and Rockwell is on the right.
Choke is the story of Victor Mancini (Rockwell), a sex-addicted med-school dropout, who keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida, in an expensive private mental hospital by working days as a historical reenactor. At night he runs a scam where he deliberately chokes in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who ?save? him. When, in a rare lucid moment, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father?s identity, Victor must enlist the aid of his best friend, Denny, a recovering chronic masturbator, and his mother?s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall, to solve this mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever.