Daryl Hannah is going to have a gang bang with six hundred men, don’t worry though it’s all for the sake of art. And the art is, in this case, Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Snuff which is being adapted into a film.
The Fight Club author confirmed the news on his blog that Hannah will play the faded porn star who sets up the huge gang bang in order to break the record for sexual partners in one film.
American Beauty actress Thora Birch has already been cast, as has Tom Sizemore (which already sounds like a porn name, does it not?) to play the last of the 600 men to sleep with Hannah’s character Cassie. The story is told from the point of view of three separate men who are going to sleep with her. We come to discover that these men all have an emotional or personal reason for taking part and that Cassie’s reasons for breaking the record may not be what they originally seem.
If you haven’t read the book, we don’t want to give away exactly what happens but what we will say is that is not just an excuse for lots of sex on film, it is actually a deep and distressing story. It will be tough for French director Fabien Martorell to makes sure it’s not too explicit. This is the official word on the project so far:
“NUFF is a Suspense/Thriller sets in the gritty world of adult entertainment. Fabien Martorell would like to shoot SNUFF as a single “closed door” set. The use of flashbacks will aide in the communication of character history, and help sustain a dramatic rhythm.”
Palahniuk’s novel was based on the story of Annabel Chong, a young woman who performed 251 sex acts with 70 men on film in what became a highly grossing porn film, The World’s Biggest Gang Bang. Her story has previously been made into a documentary, Sex: The Annabel Chong Story which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999.
So, what do you think? Will it work? And do Birch and Hannah, who have been AWOL for a number of years, still have what it takes to make a great film?