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.