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 »
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Despite what Brad Bird said on stage at WonderCon two years ago, Pixar is now in the sequel business. Cars 2, Toy Story 3, but what about a sequel to Monsters, Inc? At Comic-Con 2008, director Pete Docter responded to an audience question about the prospects of a sequel by admitting that “We’ve thought about it… We’ve got a couple ideas.” MTV later prodded the filmmaker trying to get more information, Docter nervously replied “I can neither confirm nor deny”.
Pixar has announced all their films up until 2012, so could a Monsters Inc sequel be in store for 2013? Pixar fansite The Pixar Blog started receiving strange searches this past January for variations of “‘monsters 2013 pixar”. The interesting thing about the searches is that they were coming from inside Pixar, from the Pixar.com domain. I know, circumstantial at best.
Now a site called Blue Sky Disney is reporting that Pete Docter will start working on the sequel after he finishes Up, with tentative plans for a 2013 release. Now lets keep in mind that I’ve never ever heard of this BlueSkyDisney, and they don’t seem like a trusted news source. But everything I’ve heard on and off the record thus far points in the direction that Disney wants another Monsters Inc movie, and they want it in 2013/2014. Pete Docter will be at WonderCon over the weekend, and I’m sure someone will ask him about these rumors. But with no official announcement from the mousehouse, I’m betting we’ll get another answer like the one he gave MTV at Comic Con.
As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk, best known as the author of Fight Club. I’ve attended, god knows how many of his public events over the years, and got the chance to sit down with Palahniuk in Park City Utah at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival to talk about the big screen adaptation of his novel Choke. The photo above was taken at the Choke premiere, the night before this interview. Palahniuk leaned his head across mine right before the flash. “Congratulations, now you have syphilis.” he added. Fans of the author will surely recognize his patented sense of humor.
Palahniuk chats with me about the big screen adaptation of Choke, Heath Ledger – who had died hours earlier and had been at one time attached to the project, the progress of future big screen adaptions including Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Diary and Lullaby, some of the stuff he loved from the film, an idea he wish they had used, and his upcoming book Snuff. Enjoy!
Peter Sciretta: I loved the movie, could you talk a little bit about the process of getting it made. I know it was a really long strugle.
Chuck Palahniuk: Yeah. They had the option for a long time. I talked to Gregg Clark on and off about what he might put into the screenplay, what he might cut. And having a screenplay is like having another draft. So all the sort of spirit of the stairway things that you wanted to put in, but you didn’t think of them until a month after the manuscript went to press…
Peter: Well you said that about the ending of Fight Club, didn’t you?
Palahniuk: You know, I had the back and fourth but the ending was entirely David’s. But I knew that David had to bring up the romance at the end so I could understand why he did. In the same way I can remember why Clark left the stone house stoning scene out. Because there is only so much that can go in a movie before it becomes overload.
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Chuck Palahniuk is my favorite author. You can probably tell by the extensive coverage I’ve given the various movie adaptations in development. Most of you will know Chuck as the author of Fight Club. Invisible Monsters was published after that success in 1999.
Following the success of Swimming Out to Holly, a short film that played at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, newcomer Jesse Peyronel was able to get the attention of Chuck with a screenplay adaptation of Invisible Monsters. Chuck optioned the project to Jesse for one year, but the money never came together despite a major Hollywood rumor that Jessica Biel was interested in starring in the feature film adaptation. Jesse persisted and was able to re-option the property, which unfortunately hasn’t been heard from since… until this week. IMDB has finally added the project to the database, fueling rumors that the Choke movie adaptation starring Sam Rockwell (which is currently filming) has ignited new interest in the project. We don’t know much more than that at this time.
Invisible Monsters follows the story of Daisy St. Patience, a beautiful young fashion model who became the victim of an accident that left her disfigured and unable to speak. During her stay in the hospital, Brandy Alexander encourages Daisy to use her tragedy to completely change the way she lives her life. Daisy hits the road with Brandy and her two-timing ex-boyfriend in search for a brand-new past, present and future. And of course, there is a lot of the dark humor and twisted reveals that you would expect from Palahniuk.
Let’s hope someone in Hollywood has given this project the fast track. I should hopefully have more word on the current status of this project by mid-week.