There has been a lot of talk about a Fight Club sequel, and the novel that David Fincher’s beloved 1999 movie was based on is about to get one…in comic book form! Chuck Palahniuk will release the 10-issue series in 2015 through Dark Horse Comics, and artist Cameron Stewart will join him.
Palahniuk will appear at the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend at a Fight Club panel alongside Fincher, so we’ll likely hear a lot more about the project then. However, the author has already revealed some details, including the fact that it will take place in both the future and the past.
To begin with, it picks up a decade after the ending of the original book, and the protagonist (played by Edward Norton in the movie) is now married to Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) and has a 9-year-old son named Junior. However, the narrator is failing his son in the same way his own father failed him.
It’s an interesting place to pick up with these characters, but even more intriguing is Tyler Durden’s (Brad Pitt) role in the series. Palahniuk has revealed that Fight Club 2 will deal with his origins, and that: “Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that’s popped into his mind.”
Palahniuk brings back most of the characters in the first book as well as the organization Project Mayhem, which still has its hooks in the narrator as he has to save his boy when the youngster’s life is in peril.
The writer adds that the original book was, “such a tirade against fathers — everything I had thought my father had not done combined with everything my peers were griping about their fathers.” Palahniuk, now 52, adds: “Now to find myself at the age that my father was when I was trashing him made me want to revisit it from the father’s perspective and see if things were any better and why it repeats like that.”
The comic book sequel to Fight Club will now deal with the crisis of middle age. “You’re still not really happy but for different reasons. Also the idea that if you suppress that wild, creative part of you — that Tyler part of you — do you lose the best part of you? Sure, your life is more stable and safe, but is it a better life?”
The novel contained some key differences to the movie, but picking up again with these characters should prove to be facinating. Whether it inspires Fincher to make a Fight Club 2 movie remains to be seen…
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