Koen Mortier Directing Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted
by Alex Billington
October 20, 2008
Chuck Palahniuk's books are going fast, so if you want to direct one, hurry up and throw your name into the hat. Palahniuk's "Haunted" is the latest to secure a director - Koen Mortier of last year's Ex-Drummer has signed on to write the adaptation and direct. "Haunted" is a thriller comedy that 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. It's a little bit funky, but so are all of Palahniuk's stories.
I can't speak for Mortier, since I never saw Ex-Drummer, but I'll say that I think "Haunted" is a good fit for a director who can bring something fresh and unique into the mix and isn't watered down by Hollywood. Mortier is just that, which is a good start, let's just hope he can direct. I'm much more interested in the story of "Haunted" and think I may just pick up a copy of the book soon anyway (described as "one part Canterbury Tales, one part Lord of the Flies, and 100 percent classic Palahniuk"), because it sounds like such a twisted and fun romp into the crazy mind of Chuck Palahniuk. I just hope Survivor and Lullaby gain some ground as well, because after Choke this year, I'm in need of some more Chuck Palahniuk.