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Chuck Palahniuk’s “Invisible Monsters” gets director for transsexual road trip flick

Chuck Palahniuk’s “Invisible Monsters” gets director for transsexual road trip flick (photo)

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A month before David Fincher’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club” was released, the author published “Invisible Monsters.” And before you could recite the eight rules of Fight Club, there was already talk about a film based on Palahniuk’s third novel.

With its graphic violence, explicit content and nontraditional structure and pacing, Palahniuk’s work makes for difficult adaptations. Production on adaptations of both “Invisible Monsters” as well as “Survivor” have frequently stalled out, and the 2008 film “Choke” received only mixed reviews following a difficult birth. The fact that “Fight Club” came out so well is a testament to the prodigious abilities of both Fincher and writer Jim Uhls.

But now, after a decade of development hell, producer Cameron MacLaren has settled on a writer for the project: Samir Rehem. Best known for his work in television, Rehem has worked on “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” as well as the American version of “Skins.” While those credits might not instantly suggest the director for a Pahlahniuk adaptation, the content of “Invisible Monsters,” might further explain the producer’s choice.

The novel tells the story of a male-to-female transsexual and a former fashion model that is now missing the bottom half of her face. Together, the two embark on a road trip together, during which they encounter Palahniuk’s signature sensationalism. Fresh-faced high-schoolers they are not, but the characters of “Invisible Monsters” could benefit from the grounded style Rehem made use of on both “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and “Skins.”

What do you think about “Invisible Monsters?” Will a film adaptation work, and is Rehem the right guy for the job? Tell us below in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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