Fight Club's Scribe Returns to the Big Screen
STORY BY Artie Vincent
Published: April 29, 2013
In October, it will mark the 13 year anniversary of the ultimate cult film: Fight Club. And with that being said, it seemed at the time that the book's author would have a slew of his books adapted into films. It appeared that Chuck Palahniuk would become the next Stephen King.
Yet since Fight Club there's been just one other book turned into a film -- the mediocre, satire 'Choke' -- and whole lot of rumors.
But now, after long speculation, Palahniuk will return to the big screen again. His 2005 published book, "Haunted", finally got financing after being on the shelf since 2008. Belgium filmmaker Koen Mortier will take the directing helms. The book is a 23-story anthology of satires haunted tales that are intertwined -- much like the 'Magnolia' of the horror circuit.
There's also a deal close to adapt his 2008 porn-laced book 'Snuff'. It's no easy task taking on anything by Palahniuk.
In the 1990s Palahniuk was the hottest author in America with his testosterone-driven themes. Yet his work has been some of the hardest to bring to the theaters.
Director David Fincher captured the essence of Palahniuk's world in 'Fight Club.' In 2007, 'Choke' received mild reviews. There was word that Palahniuk's earlier books like 'Survivor' and 'Invisible Monsters' would get film adaptations, but that remained purely rumor. Ironically, those earlier reads have received better reviews than 'Fight Club', his debut novel.
From his twisted themes to the stomach-churning visuals, the task can be daunting as well as large risk for a production company to layout funds. For instance, in 'Haunted', there's the chapter titled 'Guts' that was so disturbing that it reportedly caused fainting in many instances across the nation.
It takes a fearless production team to bring Palahniuk's world effectively to the screen -- just look at the works of David Fincher since 'Fight Club'.
But delving in to the world Palahniuk is a fascinating one.
He started as a journalist in his beloved Portland, Oregon, but he quit the business in 1988 to work in a homeless shelter, and then worked at a hospice as an escort -- providing transportation for terminally ill people and bring them to support groups (which has been a trending theme is his books). In his mid-thirties he started writing fiction, attending workshops and was inspired by minimalistic writing style.
Soon enough, his published his first novel, 'Fight Club', in 1996, and has finished more than 10 best-selling novels since.
Palahniuk calls his work "transgressive fiction', which was popularized by William S. Burroughs and Hubert Selby Jr in 1960s. Transgressive fiction is a genre that focuses on characters and story lines that are confined by the norms of society and break away in unusual and radical matters. Most of the protagonists in these stories are typically mentally illl, anti-social and nihilistic, and genre themes usually range from drugs to sex to crime.
For Palahniuk, his transgressive fictional works are a satire of cultural societal issues today, and sometimes could be a little raw and real for people to soak in.
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