Invisible Monsters - The Movie
In Development (2012)
I believe it started in 2001, when a young filmmaker named Jesse Peyronel optioned what many of Chuck's die-hard fans would call his boldest and best book: Invisible Monsters. Movie media quickly picked up on the option and it seemed like things were on the fast track for entering some sort of production phase. Turning over a scripted draft that both Chuck and his agent, Edward Hibbert, were very pleased with, Jesse very quickly got to work trying to find funding for the film via Miramax Films. Parker Posey was tentatively on board to play Shannon and things were moving along. Then the inevitable drop in news happened, signaling the echoing cry of what is so accurately called "movie purgatory".
In 2002, Jesse resurfaced on our radar again. He had renewed his option on the script to give funding another go. But again, nothing seemed to come of it and the closest story we had to go off for any production future for Monsters was a UK based company that was interested in doing an animated featured of the film.
Then, word around the campfire was that the film was on the move again with Jessica Biel being touted for the female lead and such names as Val Kilmer and Bill Crudup being mentioned for male leading and supporting roles.
That was about four years ago.
During that time actor turned filmmaker, Clark Gregg, managed to write and direct Choke. And even with the cache of having names like Sam Rockwell and Angelica Huston on board, the film took Greg over four years to gain funding for. In the end, it had a very meager budget of about 2.5 million and didn't succeed well at the box office.
Even though Fight Club had become a cult phenomena, news on many of Chuck's other adaptations was growing precarious. And buzz on Invisible Monsters possibly gracing the big screen was scarce. Until now.
Cameron MacLaren first entered our world in March of 2008. He was looking to get in contact with Chuck's agent about optioning material. I pointed him in the right direction and it wasn't until March 2009 that I heard from him again. This time he seemed to have a renewed passion and was looking to option Invisible Monsters. Unlike most people who contact me about this sort of thing, I could instantly tell that Cameron wasn't dicking around. He had every intent of acquiring the rights to make this thing, so I helped him again and did what I could to facillitate the process.
The third time I heard from Cameron, it was March again (Cameron must like the Spring) and this time, things had greatly progressed forward. Cameron now had the option. He had a website set up. A Facebook Page promoting the movie. And I had even had a solid phone call and confirmation from Chuck's agent that he was the man. They were both very excited about him. The option was real and Cameron was full steam ahead.