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Financing has finally come through for the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted

Feb. 1, 2013by:

We have some brief news on the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted thanks to The Cult.

Financing has finally come through on the project!

Belgium filmmaker Koen Mortier (EX DRUMMER) was appointed back in 2008 to direct and write the screenplay. Yes, that's how long this thing has just been sitting on a shelf somewhere. Just like other possible Palahniuk adaptations: SURVIVOR, LULLABY, and INVISIBLE MONSTERS. Brian Levy acquired the film to be the first project under his banner, New School Media.

When Mortier was originally hired, The Cult said this about his involvement:

"Koen is a filmmaker not saturated by Hollywood. An outsider. And with 'Haunted' being such a tough adaptation, it will be interesting to see someone that might have a very unique and fresh approach to the material."

I certainly agree that HAUNTED will be a task, and that would go for anyone taking it on. The story of "Guts" specifically comes to mind. At the bottom of the article, I've included the trailer for EX DRUMMER for you guys to check out in case you were curious about Mortier's directing.

Here's the synopsis of the book:

Stuffing only what they need into one suitcase, seventeen people board a bus for what promises to be the most creative three months of their lives. Each character tells their story as they are instructed to write the next great American novel during the three month writing retreat. From Lady Baglady talking about pretending to be a homeless person just to get out of the boredom of interacting with her rich friends to Sister Vigilante who speaks of religion and carries around a bowling ball with which she may or may not have killed someone.

Haunted has an unconventional construction. Each chapter has three parts: a story about the retreat and a specific writer, a poem by an unknown author about each participant, and a story which the writer wrote.

This writers retreat seems like the perfect deal for a writer. A place where there is nothing to do but write, enough food and water to last, and electricity, bedrooms, bathrooms, and clothes. Its the perfect environment for the next great novel to be written. That is until each writer gets the idea that they must upstage the next writer with what they do. Everyone is sure everyone else has an ulterior motive so food gets destroyed, water dumped out, electricity shut off, and self-inflicted amputation ensues. They all must survive unbearable conditions while trying to write.

Haunted is one of Palahniuks darkest funniest novels. It houses his most infamous story, Guts, which is known to make audience members at book readings pass out. This novel will make you think before sending yourself or a loved one away to a retreat. Will you come back fully intact?

Extra Tidbit: Which story was your favorite in Haunted?
Source: The Cult

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8:53PM on 02/01/2013
This movie will have an uphill battle for sure. Chuck's work is hard to adapt for the fact it is really out there. It's awesome don't get me wrong, however i'd really love to see SURVIVOR (yea i'm switching books) made. Haunted does have alot of great stories and the thought of being able to keep coming back inside the house after showing all the backstories taking place outside of the house is very cool.
This movie will have an uphill battle for sure. Chuck's work is hard to adapt for the fact it is really out there. It's awesome don't get me wrong, however i'd really love to see SURVIVOR (yea i'm switching books) made. Haunted does have alot of great stories and the thought of being able to keep coming back inside the house after showing all the backstories taking place outside of the house is very cool.
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4:21PM on 02/02/2013
I am about halfway through Haunted, and I have to say that it truly is a twisted, but great novel. I always thought that a tv show would do Haunted justice, with each chapter/short story be its own episode. I am interested to see how all this works out
I am about halfway through Haunted, and I have to say that it truly is a twisted, but great novel. I always thought that a tv show would do Haunted justice, with each chapter/short story be its own episode. I am interested to see how all this works out
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5:55PM on 02/02/2013
Oh no! Not another remake!
Oh no! Not another remake!
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8:46PM on 02/02/2013
HA! There would've been way more blood!!!
HA! There would've been way more blood!!!
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7:36PM on 02/02/2013

Palahniuk!

May sound clich but he's my favorite author, and any news like this is exciting. Haunted is one of his best works. Now let's get money for Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Diary and RANT!
May sound clich but he's my favorite author, and any news like this is exciting. Haunted is one of his best works. Now let's get money for Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Diary and RANT!
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8:16PM on 02/02/2013
Chuck's novels get progressively worse. As a writer he's overrated. As a teller of compelling stories, he did his best work over a decade ago. Give me a good invisible monsters and maybe survivor and leave the rest of his work where it belongs; on his fans bookshelves.
Chuck's novels get progressively worse. As a writer he's overrated. As a teller of compelling stories, he did his best work over a decade ago. Give me a good invisible monsters and maybe survivor and leave the rest of his work where it belongs; on his fans bookshelves.
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10:00PM on 02/02/2013
I am a fan but Chucks best work is way behind him
I am a fan but Chucks best work is way behind him
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10:10AM on 02/03/2013
Haunted was a pretty terrible book and I have no idea why it deserves the silver screen treatment, so I'll probably be passing on this.
Haunted was a pretty terrible book and I have no idea why it deserves the silver screen treatment, so I'll probably be passing on this.
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1:39PM on 02/03/2013
I haven't read Haunted, so I can't really judge its quality, but I'm gonna go with what people said so far. I would really love to see an adaptation for Survivor (my favorite Palahniuk) or Invisible Monsters (easier to adapt IMO, the opening scene would be AMAZING).
I haven't read Haunted, so I can't really judge its quality, but I'm gonna go with what people said so far. I would really love to see an adaptation for Survivor (my favorite Palahniuk) or Invisible Monsters (easier to adapt IMO, the opening scene would be AMAZING).
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12:54AM on 02/05/2013

Tried to read Haunted

I stopped about a third through Haunted, which is rare, I ALWAYS finish my books.
But yeah the 'Guts' Story is pretty strange, and it happens really early on, so that got me stoked for the rest of the book-but the rest of it just didn't hold up.
At least I'll just be able to watch the movie and see what I missed, although some of the stories are just people talking/ranting.
I don't know about this
I stopped about a third through Haunted, which is rare, I ALWAYS finish my books.
But yeah the 'Guts' Story is pretty strange, and it happens really early on, so that got me stoked for the rest of the book-but the rest of it just didn't hold up.
At least I'll just be able to watch the movie and see what I missed, although some of the stories are just people talking/ranting.
I don't know about this
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