There's something in the June air -- we've got a million and two projects gearing up to bring books to the big screen. However, this one is definitely in a league of its own. The word over at Variety is that Occupant Films has bought the feature rights to a little book called The Food Chain, by British author Geoff Nicholson. Don't let the run-of-the-mill title fool you (although I wonder if it could have some kinky truth to it), it's much more than a project about food. It sounds like Big Night meets Shortbus. And yes, I mean John Cameron Mitchell's recent kinkfest.

First, let's get the particulars out of the way -- the book will be adapted by Captain Mauzner and James Townsend. Mauzner's inclusion bodes well for the task -- his two writing credits are Wonderland, which dipped him into the world of John Holmes, and Factory Girl, which had him immersed in the ways of Warhol. That's all that's been released about the production so far, so let's get onto the plot. Nicholson's novel is about a culinary family who created a big chain of family restaurants when their toddler son, Virgil, chewed on a chicken leg and became the "Golden Boy." When Virgil grows up, he's running his father's one trendy establishment in Los Angeles when he gets an invitation to the Everlasting Club. According to Booklist, "Its emblem is a snake swallowing its own tail, and its mission is to sustain a perpetual bacchanalia." (One that has been going on for 350 non-stop years, and has included epic figures from the past like the Marquis de Sade. Oy!) Somehow, the rest of his family gets "tangled up in the club's epicurean intrigue" and the book flirts with "the specter of cannibalism and the connection between consumption, power and sex." I'm not sure how it all fits together, and where the cannibalism comes in, but it sure seems like Shortbus paved the way for this -- unless it goes the Exit to Eden route and makes the sex a PG experience -- but I doubt Mauzner would let that happen.
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