Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
When news first broke in 2008 that a film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk‘s Haunted was in the works, Peter wondered just how the unconventional (and notoriously disturbing) book could be translated to the big screen. And for a while, it seemed like perhaps it wouldn’t. Koen Mortier (Ex-Drummer) was set to write and direct right off the bat, and then we heard little else about it for the next few years.
As of today, there’s still no word on how the film might look or who might star. But it is taking a big step forward, as it’s finally secured the financing to get off the ground. Hit the jump to keep reading.
Read More »
Please Recommend /Film on Facebook
Chuck Palahniuk‘s novel Invisible Monsters has been optioned off and on since 2001, with multiple writers taking a crack at a script, and multiple producers trying to get together a cast and financing. Nothing has worked out, but in 2008 Cameron MacLaren started looking into the option. In March 2010 he managed to secure the rights to the novel, which tells a tale of “a disfigured ex-fashion model, a pill-popping drama queen and a sexually confused vice operative who embark on a road trip fueled by a radical new form of self-discovery as a means to reinvent themselves.”
Now there is a director for the project: TV director Samir Rehem, who has credits on Degrassi: The Next Generation, and Skins. Read More »
There’s been a lot of jumping the gun lately when it comes to casting announcements, and, surprisingly, most of it has been from directors and producers rather than press. So here’s an attempt to quickly set the story straight on several diverse projects: David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Snuff, and Beat the Reaper. Read More »
Good lord, does Snuff sound horrifying. Fabien Martorell is co-writing (with Karina Wilson) and directing an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk‘s novel about a faded porn star who sets up a giant gang bang in order to break the record for sexual partners in one film, and three of the men that are possible partners. Now the film has a cast: Thora Birch, Daryl Hannah, and, as one of the guys in line to, uh, appear in the film, we’ve got Tom Sizemore. Yeah, you read that right. Read More »
To celebrate the Ten Year Anniversary of the movie Fight Club, ChuckPalahniuk.net has teamed up with Kevin Tong to create an awesome poster and t-shirt for Fight Club. The poster is hand screen printed, four colors, on 18 x 24 inch Cornflower Blue100 lb Cover Paper in a limited edition of 200. It costs $30 and can be purchased at TragicSunshine.com. The t-shirt is available in a bunch of colors, guy and girl sizes, on ChuckPalahniuk.net. Check out the full poster and tshirt photos after the jump.
Read More »
Bob Goldthwait‘s 2006 film Sleeping Dogs Lie (originally titled “Stay”) was about a relationship that is destroyed when a guy’s girlfriend reveals a past indiscretion (read: blowjob) with a dog. Believe it or not, Goldthwait’s 2009 follow-up is at least 10 times more twisted and probably 20 times funnier. The film seems to be unofficially inspired by Chuck Palahniuk‘s infamous short story Guts and the A Million Little Pieces fiasco.
Read More »
Koen Mortier (Ex-Drummer) will write and direct a big screen adaptation of Fight Club/Choke author Chuck Palahniuk‘s novel Haunted. This is the first property optioned by Brian Levy’s new management and production company, New School Media. I’ll let the official description from the book explain the plot:
“Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: Twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you’ll ever encounter—sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined “Writers’ Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months,” and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of “real life” that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But “here” turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they are utterly isolated from the outside world—and where heat and power and, most important, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more extreme the stories they tell—and the more devious their machinations become to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/nonfiction blockbuster that will surely be made from their plight.
Haunted is on one level a satire of reality television—The Real World meets Alive. It draws from a great literary tradition—The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, the English storytellers in the Villa Diodati who produced, among other works, Frankenstein—to tell an utterly contemporary tale of people desperate that their story be told at any cost. Appallingly entertaining, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest—which means his most extreme and his most provocative.”
I’ve always assumed that Haunted would never make it to the big screen, because for the most part it’s essentially a collection of short stories tied together with a narrative. Each chapter contains three sections: a story chapter, a poem about a particular writer and a story written by that author.
Guts is probably the most notorious story in the book, so disturbing that over 60 people fainted while listening to readings of the story over the course of Chuck’s book tours. The story is about three incidents involving accidents during masturbation. If you’ve never read Guts, I’d highly recommend that you do. The short story is available for free on chuckpalahniuk.net.
Discuss: Can Palahniuk’s Haunted really be translated into a big screen movie?
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Fight Club and Choke author Chuck Palahniuk‘s official website is hosting a contest where the winner will have a a character named after them in Chuck’s next book. Pretty cool. Basically the person who gets the most people to go see Choke in theaters this weekend wins. And who knows, if Chuck’s next book gets adapted into a big screen movie (and chances are good since almsot all his books have been optioned at this point), you might even have your name immortalized in a feature film. You can read the full rules at ChuckPalahniuk.net.