There was a time when any announcement about a Chuck Palahniuk book being adapted for the big screen might have seemed exciting, but 12 years after the release of Fight Club, I’m starting to think that some of the luster has worn off. I was a fan of Chucky P.’s earlier work, but somehow it seems that the more he branches out and experiments with his writing, the more his edginess is beginning to feel forced. After Clark Gregg turned in a serviceable yet ultimately bland version of Choke, it reinforced the fact that without someone like David Fincher at the helm, his books do not automatically become cinematic masterpieces. Now Palahniuk’s third book Invisible Monsters is about to make the jump to the screen, and the man who will make it happen is TV director Samir Rehem (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Skins). Yay?
Invisible Monsters was Palahniuk’s third published book, although it was actually the second thing he wrote (prior to Fight Club even). Apparently publishers initially found it too disturbing… at least, until they realized that kind of stuff actually sells. The plot revolves around a former fashion model who becomes horribly disfigured in an accident. A movie adaptation has been in development for years now, with Jessica Biel rumoured to be circling the project once upon a time. Something tells me this new version will not have much in the way of A-list talent.
Other Palahniuk adaptations currently in the works include Snuff (director: Fabien Martorell) and Haunted (director: Koen Mortier). It’s too bad that his adaptations aren’t able to secure bigger name talent at this point, but perhaps one of these directors will surprise us. I’d still really like to see Survivor happen one day, and as far as I know Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) is still attached to direct. Are you looking forward to an Invisible Monsters movie?