You may have heard the news this week that the financing for Haunted finally came through, and that we'll soon be getting our third Chuck Palahniuk film adaptation. But if you were being technical, Haunted could really be considered "three and a half." Last year, director Andy Mingo premiered his adaptation of Chuck's hysterical short story 'Romance.'
'Romance' was read during one of Chuck's recent tours (I got to hear it at the Invisible Monsters Remix LA event). And it appeared in the August 2011 issue of Playboy. You can even download it for free at Downpour.com here. But if you live in or near California, you can do better: you can go see it in a theater!
Update 2/11/13: Downpour informed me that at the time of this post, it has an issue with its checkout process that prohibited about 20 people from downloading the short story of 'Romance.' They've since fixed the issue and the free download is now working. As part of the apology they've also created an exclusive discount code for you all, which you can use to get 25% off downloads of the Chuck novels on our website. Use Code: chuck2813. Expires: 2/13/13.
On March 2nd at the Cinequest film festival in San Jose, there will be a special event that will start off with the California premiere of the short film at 130pm.
You can purchase tickets for the screening here!
Afterwards, Chuck Palahniuk will be awarded with a Maverick Spirit Award followed by an onstage Q & A.
Chuck's going to be in good company receiving his Cinequest Maverick award. Also getting awards this year will be Harrison Ford and Salman Rushdie.
Here is how you can purchase tickets to the event:
Here's what the 'Films and Moving Pictures' blog had to say about 'Romance's' sold out Raindance screening in England last year:
‘Romance’ has laughs and genuine “Palahniuk” moments that make you squeal and shock you out of your seat... The film is like nothing seen before... Cinema experiences were made for moments like these.
For more information on how you can follow the short film, check out its official site at romancemovie.net and its official Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RomanceFilm. And of course, you should check out the film's trailer on YouTube!