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Five Chuck Palahniuk Books That Should Be Turned into Movies

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Since Chuck Palahniuk's 1996 novel Fight Club was made into one of the most controversial and most talked about films of the late '90s, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, every work since has been bandied about as a possible film in one way or another.

Producers wait with bated breath for the galleys to see if they could replicate the backdoor success of Fight Club, which has grown to become a sort of 21st century Clockwork Orange for some. Feature film rights to Palahniuk properties became hot commodities.

The last Palahniuk to make it onto the big screen was 2001's Choke, which was made with Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston in 2008.

According to IMDb Pro, there are four Palahniuk books in development in Hollywood, including Invisible Monsters, Snuff, Rant and Survivor. Plenty of movies, though, languish in development hell, right, Jim Carrey?

Snuff was rumored to star Daryl Hannah as Cassie Wright, a retiring porn actress, but Hannah denied climbing on board due to the novel's ties to sex trafficking.

Palahniuk, who turned 50 years old Tuesday, has never been one to balk at his books being made into films. Some novelists fight adaptations at every turn, or blackball the final product. He had a small cameo in Choke, and he applauded Fight Club director David Fincher for even attempting to make some of his more base imagery in that novel come to life.

Haunted (2005)

This creepy anthology would make a great movie, filmed sort of like Twilight Zone: The Movie, and the short segment "Guts" would make for one of the most uncomfortable scenes since that whole human centipede business.

Survivor (1999)

The story of a cult member who becomes a celebrity is perfect for the social media expanse of 2012, and with people growing ever clannish at the prospect of mass famine and war, it would tap into something prescient.

Invisible Monsters (1999)

A transsexual and a disfigured model. Downright Hitchcock, and would offer up some groundbreaking imagery along the way with an adventuresome cast, the Rhea Sisters alone.

Snuff (2008)

In these times of scary right-wing moral codes, the story of a porn star trying to have a 600-man gang-bang may be hard to get into theaters. But they did make Jack & Jill so....

Rant (2007)

Rant could turn into Fight Club with cars for some, or at least a creepy dystopian fantasy. The author has said it is to be part of a trilogy, so you have franchise appeal if viewers will buy into what turns into a spiritual mind-fuck.


Pygmy (2009)

The story of foreign dwarves masquerading as exchange students in the States to carry out terrorist attacks would be an excellent vehicle for Fincher and meaty material for a cast. Could this one, though, be too touchy, or even vaguely racist for audiences? Maybe.

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