Hold Steady Frontman to adapt Fargo Rock City

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Great news! Hold Steady lead singer, Craig Finn is adapting Fargo Rock City (the great book about a kid growing up loving hair metal in a rural community) into a movie. The story revolves around how music/genres can shape our pivotal years and have a direct impact on our minds in the later ones. It’s a really funny/amusing book and I highly recommend you pick it up (it’s by Chuck Klosterman, a Spin mag writer). And I’m betting that it will translate really well into a movie.

As much as any writer in America, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is equipped to tackle provincial fandom of hair metal. He’s an expert at combining screamingly triumphant guitar solos and bleary Minnesota hardcore show reminisces in the same song. So it’s pretty awesome news that Finn, along with “Late Show With David Letterman” writer Tom Ruprecht, will adapt Fargo Rock City, rock writer Chuck Klosterman’s memoir about being a teenage metal fan in North Dakota, for the screen, as The Hollywood Reporter’s Risky Business blog reports. (Via Idolator.)

According to Risky Business, Finn and Ruprecht acquired the rights to Klosterman’s book, and Finn, Ruprecht, and Klosterman will all produce the film adaptation together. The blog reports, “The 1980s-set screenplay will revolve around a group of high school seniors facing graduation as they try to find success with women and generally break out of their geeky cocoons.”
So: Dazed and Confused but with Aquanet? That sounds promising!

Finn says, “Seventeen or 18 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. And you’re still young enough that you can have a two-hour argument over whether Mötley Crüe would beat Guns N’ Roses in a fight.” (Mötley Crüe would totally beat Guns N’ Roses in a fight, at least before Matt Sorum joined GNR.)

Ruprecht and Finn are still working on the script’s first draft. Risky Business reports that they’ll seek studio and third-party financing.

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