Actress Lily Rabe making film of former Forum reporter Chuck Klosterman's book 'Downtown Owl'

The Oscar-nominated Ed Harris scheduled to co-star in the film.

Wyndmere, N.D., native Chuck Klosterman will speak at Minnesota State Community and Technical College Tuesday, April 14. Photo by Kamilla Kraczkowski / Downtown Owl, Scribner
Wyndmere, N.D., native and former Forum reporter Chuck Klosterman.
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FARGO — According to the entertainment website Deadline , a film adaptation of Chuck Klosterman’s novel “Downtown Owl” is in production in Minnesota.

Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) is slated to direct the film with her partner Hamish Linklater (“Midnight Mass”), who adapted the screenplay. Rabe will also star in the project, alongside Ed Harris (“The Rock,” “Apollo 13”), Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical,” “Tick, Tick… Boom!”), Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) and Jack Dylan Grazer (“It”). T-Bone Burnett (“O Brother, Where Art Thou”?” and “Crazy Heart”) will score the film.

Klosterman’s 2008 novel, his first book of fiction, focuses on three characters, a 70-something local, a high school football player and the new history teacher of a small North Dakota town in the 1980s.

“We are so thrilled to have the opportunity, with this phenomenal cast, exquisite crew, and brilliant producing partners, to bring Chuck Klosterman’s human, haunting, and hilarious novel to the screen. We both grew up in small towns, towns that we love. The town of Owl, sweet and sour, has felt like home to us from the first read and we are elated to be making this love story about home into a movie,” Rabe and Linklater said in the article.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation") optioned the movie rights to the book in 2012.


Klosterman, a native of Wyndmere, N.D., was a reporter for The Forum in the 1990s. He has written 12 books, including “Fargo Rock City,” “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs” and his latest, “The Nineties.”

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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