One would think that minimalist author Chuck Palahniuk’s novels would have generated more film adaptations by this point—after all, his first novel become David Fincher’s beloved cult film Fight Club, most of his works lean towards the cinematic, and are packed tight with tons of flimsy pseudo-philosophic morsels that come off as brilliant when you’re 17 years old. But aside from Clark Gregg’s tepid adaptation of Choke, there hasn’t been much Palahniuk on the big screen, until now.
In 2005, Palahniuk penned Haunted, which contained a series of 23 interrelated short stories told by a group of characters at a writer’s retreat. The most famous of the 23 stories, “Guts,” developed some notoriety a few years ago when roughly 60 people fainted after hearing Palahniuk read through the tale out loud (long story short, a guy sits on the water intake at the bottom of the pool, and the intense suction…well, just remember the story is called “Guts”). In 2008, Koen Mortier (Ex-Drummer) was set to write and direct the adaptation, and now, five years later, financing for the film has been secured. Via Chuck Palahniuk’s Twitter:
And yep, financing finally came through for the HAUNTED movie adaptation. Stay tuned for more details.
No word yet on who will star or when the film will be released. For now, dig the book’s synopsis.
Haunted is a novel made up of twenty-three horrifying, hilarious, and stomach-churning stories. They’re told by people who have answered an ad for a writer’s retreat and unwittingly joined a “Survivor”-like scenario where the host withholds heat, power, and food. As the storytellers grow more desperate, their tales become more extreme, and they ruthlessly plot to make themselves the hero of the reality show that will surely be made from their plight. This is one of the most disturbing and outrageous books you’ll ever read, one that could only come from the mind of Chuck Palahniuk.
What do you think of the Haunted news?