Could it possibly be a good idea to take a book, a book which during readings of one of its chapters made people in the audience faint and become violently ill due to its graphic nature, and turn it into a film adaptation? Let me say that again – READINGS made people faint and become violently ill. I can’t imagine what will happen when people actually see this flick. Anyway, all this babble must have sounded like the grounds for a great movie to Brian Levy, the proud owner of the newly launched production house New School Media. According to Variety, Levy has optioned shock author Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Haunted for a big-screen adapt. The deal will mark the first feature film for Levy’s new digs New School, and already has a writer and director attached to it, in the form of Koen Mortier. Mortier will join the ranks of Palahniuk adaptors David Fincher (Fight Club), Clark Gregg (Choke) and a few others (as Palahniuk’s Invisible Monsters and Survivor are both on the way to the big screen as well).
Haunted’s story revolves around a group of characters who answer an ad for a writers retreat and unwittingly end up competing in a Survivor-like scenario, where the host withholds heat, power and food. As the storytellers grow more desperate, they ruthlessly plot to make themselves the hero of the reality show or film that they expect will be made from their plight. No word yet on when production will kick off, but better safe than sorry – you might want to start preparing your barf bags now.