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Chuck Palahniuk is preparing a graphic novel sequel to Fight Club

07.22.2013

As a huge fan of both author Chuck Palahniuk and director David Fincher, I have a major bias in writing this article. Knowing that comics prove a fertile ground to expand on stories that could be either cinematic or narrative masterpieces, Palahniuk has embraced the illustrated page as where he will continue the tale of Tyler Durden.

FIGHT CLUB fans know the name Tyler Durden both from Palahniuk's brilliant debut novel and the Brad Pitt personification in Fincher's film. To this day, I look at my signed copy of the FIGHT CLUB Special Edition DVD with pride. After multiple unique novels, including his first sequel (DOOMED will hit stores this year, the sequel to his novel DAMNED), we have not returned to the world of FIGHT CLUB. Until now.

Speaking at Comic Con, Palahniuk shared his plans for the sequel to be a graphic novel, a point he explained further in this email to his official website:

About the graphic novel, it's true.  Chelsea Cain has been introducing me to artists and creators from Marvel, DC and Dark Horse, and they're walking me through the process.  It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden.   Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back.  Jack is oblivious.  Marla is bored.  Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom.  It's only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.
 
It will, of course, be dark and messy.  Due to contract obligations it can't come to light for a while.  Next year is "Beautiful You," followed by the story collection.  But since the Fight Club sequel will appear serialized in graphic form, my book publisher might allow me to launch it earlier than 2015.
 
Feel free to release any or all of this information.  We haven't started to court a specific publisher, not until I hammer out the complete story.
 

Hell yes! I love the idea of continuing the original novel but using the visual format to incorporate the motifs from the Fincher film. Even if they went in an entirely original visual style I would be okay, but I have a feeling we will recognize the visages of Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, and maybe even Meat Loaf or Jared Leto.

Palahniuk was quick to point out nothing is concrete yet, but as one of the few rock stars of the literary world, I find it hard to believe this won't happen.

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9:48PM on 07/22/2013

We'll see

I can definitely see where they could go based off the book's ending. Hopefully they can create a fresh and engaging story like the first one. I absolutely love the movie, and the book is just as good.
I can definitely see where they could go based off the book's ending. Hopefully they can create a fresh and engaging story like the first one. I absolutely love the movie, and the book is just as good.
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9:16PM on 07/22/2013

nah

palahniuk is a hack.
palahniuk is a hack.
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11:08AM on 07/23/2013
Except for the exact opposite.
Except for the exact opposite.
8:49PM on 07/22/2013
I don't mind this. It's not like its going to ruin the original film for me. People who are getting upset with this need to calm down and breathe.
I don't mind this. It's not like its going to ruin the original film for me. People who are getting upset with this need to calm down and breathe.
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6:25PM on 07/22/2013
Palahniuk's outline of the sequel to Fight Club transported me to the pitch meeting for The Godfather Part III: "...and then a helicopter swoops down and shoots up the entire fucking place!".
Palahniuk's outline of the sequel to Fight Club transported me to the pitch meeting for The Godfather Part III: "...and then a helicopter swoops down and shoots up the entire fucking place!".
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6:11PM on 07/22/2013

Palahniuk was never more than a Bret Easton Ellis wannabe...

...and the emperor lost his clothes rather quickly. I fooled myself into thinking I was a fan early on. But his last few books have just gotten worse and worse. Even a die-hard fan of Palahniuk's whom I know told me she gave up on his books after Rant came out. Now, clearly, he's scraping the bottom of the barrel for creative ideas. Fight Club, as overrated or pseudo-intellectual as some people may think it is, is still essentially a satire. The plot of this sequel sounds like it could
...and the emperor lost his clothes rather quickly. I fooled myself into thinking I was a fan early on. But his last few books have just gotten worse and worse. Even a die-hard fan of Palahniuk's whom I know told me she gave up on his books after Rant came out. Now, clearly, he's scraping the bottom of the barrel for creative ideas. Fight Club, as overrated or pseudo-intellectual as some people may think it is, is still essentially a satire. The plot of this sequel sounds like it could completely ruin that and contradict it. Not everything needs a fucking sequel, and some good things should be left well enough alone.
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10:27AM on 07/23/2013
I adore Rant, but I will agree everything that's followed has been sub-par. Snuff and Pygmy were entertaining enough, but I couldn't even get through Tell-All or Damned. Not gonna jump on that wagon, though, because I will always love Palahniuk for everything Rant and pre-Rant, Fight Club obviously being one of the better entries in that catalog. I'm not so sure it's pseudo-intellectual as much as it is late 20th Century angst. We are the middle children of history.
I adore Rant, but I will agree everything that's followed has been sub-par. Snuff and Pygmy were entertaining enough, but I couldn't even get through Tell-All or Damned. Not gonna jump on that wagon, though, because I will always love Palahniuk for everything Rant and pre-Rant, Fight Club obviously being one of the better entries in that catalog. I'm not so sure it's pseudo-intellectual as much as it is late 20th Century angst. We are the middle children of history.
5:25PM on 07/22/2013
Invisible monsters, fight club, survivor were all fine novels. Even choke was alright. However it seems, imo, that every novel he writes gets progressively worse. I stopped after rant. Fight Club the film came out and made it better than the source material gave it any right to be. Fincher took good and turned it into greatness. I hope that this graphic novel project doesn't tarnish the legacy of the film.
Invisible monsters, fight club, survivor were all fine novels. Even choke was alright. However it seems, imo, that every novel he writes gets progressively worse. I stopped after rant. Fight Club the film came out and made it better than the source material gave it any right to be. Fincher took good and turned it into greatness. I hope that this graphic novel project doesn't tarnish the legacy of the film.
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