Jena Malone has landed the part of Southern Gothic writer Carson McCullers in Lonely Hunter, a biopic written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier (Hounddog). The film will encompass some 35 years of McCullers’ 50-year life, including her struggles with alcoholism, various illnesses, and a tumultuous marriage. McCullers is probably best known for her debut novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, but she also published poems, plays, and short stories throughout her lifetime and was part of the same literary circle as Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote.

Malone appeared in Sucker Punch earlier this year, and will star in next year’s lesbian werewolf romance Jack and Diane. Lonely Hunter is scheduled to begin shooting in spring 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Invisible MonstersChuck 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.