The long rumored film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted has taken a big step towards production. The Fight Club author recently announced on his Twitter that the film has finally received financing and that further details will be coming soon. More on the film’s plot, as well as a couple of concerns about the adaptation after the jump.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the book, here's the synopsis from Amazon.com
Haunted is a novel made up of twenty-three horrifying, hilarious, and stomach-churning stories. They’re told by people who have answered an ad for a writer’s retreat and unwittingly joined a “Survivor”-like scenario where the host withholds heat, power, and food. As the storytellers grow more desperate, their tales become more extreme, and they ruthlessly plot to make themselves the hero of the reality show that will surely be made from their plight. This is one of the most disturbing and outrageous books you’ll ever read, one that could only come from the mind of Chuck Palahniuk.
The most obvious question about a Haunted film is how it will manage to incorporate all, or even most, of the book’s short stories into a movie and still clock in at a reasonable running time. The overall structure of the book should not be a problem, as evidenced by the horror anthology film V/H/S successfully telling five unrelated stories within a similar overarching narrative. However, because of how voluminous Haunted is, some stories may have to be excised.
Another concern about Haunted is how the film will handle the book’s graphic content. The book’s most infamous entry, “Guts,” will undoubtedly be included in the adaptation. It remains to be seen how the filmmakers will choose to portray the story, which caused dozens of people to faint at a public reading and led to a high school teacher getting suspended for letting his students read it. I clearly remember my experience reading it while on a long bus ride. The story’s content, coupled with a bumpy country road, led to some very unfortunate results. Amazon certainly got the “stomach-churning” part of its synopsis right.