Snuff Will Be A Movie. Probably.
The controversial Fight Clubis to many people, including this writer, one of the greatest movies ever made. But for some reason only one other film based on a novel by author Chuck Palahniuk has been produced since Fight Club was released. That was the movie Choke which went largely unseen, probably because it was nowhere near as good Fight Club. It wasn’t exactly bad, just kind of ordinary (at least for a movie about a sex addict who sometimes purposely chokes on his food to get “good samaritans” who save his life to give him money) and Palahniuk deserved better. There have been attempts to make movies based on Palahniuk’s other novels but none have managed to get off the ground so far.
But that seems to be about to change.
Financing has been secured for a movie based on Palahniuk’s novel Snuff. The novel concerns an aging adult film star who decided to end her career with a bang. That is to say, to play in a porn film in which 600 men will, eh, mount her. The story is told through the perspective of three of those 600 men.
The cash arrives via producers Jean Pierre Magro and Dean O’Toole and their production company Immortal Transmedia (producers of such films as Kick-Ass and Mister Lonely). The film will be written and directed by relatively unknown french filmmaker Fabien Martorell whose sole credit of note is Tromatized: Meet , a documentary about the famous film producer behind Troma Films, as well as a handful of shorts. So it’s really hard to tell if will be any good coming from this unknown entity of a filmmaker. At the very least it should be a controversial film, given the material. No actors have been attached to the project as of yet.
According to the IMDB, Martorell has written several screenplays which are in development and he’s set up his own production company in LA, so he seems to be an up and comer and a name to look out for in the near future. Even if Snuff doesn’t pan out, it’s likely Martorell will be making something interesting in the coming years.
- Chuck Palahniuk: ‘I shy away from non-consensual violence’ (independent.co.uk)
- Fight Club & Chuck Palahniuk (eradica.wordpress.com)