Invisible Monsters

Why Watch? Because we want to guess at the future. Samir Rehem was just hired to direct the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s “Invisible Monsters.” It’s an adaptation that’s been a long time coming, and it might dishearten you to see that a smaller indie outfit have to take it on after the larger budgets passed on it. Or it just might excite you. I wanted to check out some of Rehem’s short film work to get an idea of his capabilities, and I was blown back through my office door. The man has skills, and this darkly playful story about a man consumed by finishing an overdue answer key in a post-industrial world shows off a keen storytelling sensibility alongside some strong acting and camera work. Plus, Rehem wrote this engaging story and edited the film himself. He may be working on Invisible Monsters, but this particular flick could definitely work as a feature, and it would be great to see it expanded. With this movie, Rehem has instantly become one of my new favorite up-and-coming directors. Think that’s hyperbole? Watch it and see. What does it cost? Just 20 minutes of your time. Check out The Answer Key for yourself:

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Even before the cult success of Fight Club, news of a Chuck Palahniuk novel being optioned and seriously considered for an adaptation hit almost ever six months or so. Even when I spoke to the author back in 2008 he had plenty of information about upcoming adaptations which never came to pass. To be fair, he admitted that he wasn’t at all involved in the adaptation process for any of those projects, but all of his books still seemed to have a hum around them that wouldn’t go away. That’s why, for his birthday this year, I did a special list for Print to Projector to show the state of the adaptations and pitch why they would all work as movies. Now today, /film is reporting that another grain of news in the rice field of Palahniuk’s film world has surfaced: a new director in the form of Samir Rehem and another stab at Invisible Monsters.

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Today is Chuck Palahniuk‘s 49th birthday, which means that the writer and member of the Lost Generation gets to blow out some candle, eat some cake, and mail a few plastic lobsters to people. It also means that we get to take a look at the novels he’s written that still need to be made into movies. For those that don’t read our site on the weekends at all (because kites don’t fly themselves), we normally run this column every Saturday, but seeing how it’s a special occasion and seeing as how we don’t care much for rules, we figured it was a great time to comb through the Fight Club and Choke author’s stuff to celebrate it a bit. To that end, here are 9 Chuck Palahniuk books that are ripe for the movie picking.

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published: 11.21.2014
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