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We're not supposed to talk about this, but we have some story details on the Fight Club sequel

11.27.2013

Now, before we get into this we have to acknowledge a few things: First, I realize I'm breaking the key rule by even talking about this. Duly noted. Second, it's to note that the sequel to FIGHT CLUB, both the novel and the 1999 film from director David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, is actually going to be in graphic novel form, although written by the same author, Chuck Palahniuk. Could there be a film version to follow? Sure. But, as of now, we're talking about a graphic novel follow-up to the film, which is no less exciting. In an interview with Hustler earlier this year, Palahniuk revealed details on the story for the sequel, including the basic plot and themes he'll be exploring. Here's the details:

On why he would write a sequel:

"So much of FIGHT CLUB was a rant against fathers. At the time every man I knew was complaining about how little he'd learned from his father. Even my own father felt bitter and let down by his father. Rather than continue in that vein, I wanted to revist the protagonist once he himself had become a father. Not coincidentally, my parents are both dead now, and I think that will force my story and I accept more responsibility."

On whether or not he's nervous about a expectations for a sequel:

No, the sequel has been percolating in my mind for years. My only worry is about presenting it in the form of a graphic novel. The medium shapes the messages, and I'll be relearning how to tell stories. My tendency is to hold the entire plot in my mind until I'm afrad of forgetting it. once I start writing, I can't stop. That feverish, ill-fed, exhausting stint of writing is the only part of the process I fear."

On how the story will be different from the first book:

"The sequel will be told from the-- at first-- submerged perspective of Tyler Durden as he observes the day-to-day tedium of the narrator's life.  Because 20th Century-Fox created the convention of calling the protagonist Jack, I'm calling him Cornelius.  He's living a compromised life with a failing marriage, unsure about his passion for his wife.  The typical midlife bullshit.  Likewise, Marla is unsatisfied and dreams of accessing the wild man she'd once fallen in love with.  She tampers with the small pharmacy of drugs that her husband needs to suppress Tyler, and-- go figure-- Tyler reemerges to terrorize their lives."

As someone profoundly influenced by Palahniuk's book and Fincher's film, I'm beyond excited for this. Although there's no word on where Palahniuk is at in the process of completing the graphic novel, my anticipation is already at peak levels. It's hard to say if it will merit a film sequel, but if the graphic novel is anywhere near as mind-numbingly awesome as the first book, then I have no doubt it will be ripe for exploration on the big screen. Until then, I'll keep my trap shut and abide by the rules.

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7:19AM on 12/02/2013

Timidly curious...

I found the original novel to be one of the best books I'd ever enjoyed, but when I tried other Chuck Pahlaniuk novels I was SEVERELY let down. Is he a one-trick pony? Can he hit a home run again by sequelizing something that inherently did NOT set itself up for a sequel? I am skeptical...
I found the original novel to be one of the best books I'd ever enjoyed, but when I tried other Chuck Pahlaniuk novels I was SEVERELY let down. Is he a one-trick pony? Can he hit a home run again by sequelizing something that inherently did NOT set itself up for a sequel? I am skeptical...
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3:36PM on 11/29/2013

Some things just need to be left alone.

Why don't we just make a sequel to American Beauty, The 6th Sense, Goodfellas, Heat. When will Hollywood stop raping us? I don't know how much my metaphorical butt hole can take.
Why don't we just make a sequel to American Beauty, The 6th Sense, Goodfellas, Heat. When will Hollywood stop raping us? I don't know how much my metaphorical butt hole can take.
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1:01PM on 11/29/2013
Sequels have a tendency to be awesome when a main character's kid is added to the mix:

Ghostbuster 2
The Legend of Zorro
The Mummy Returns
Superman Returns
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Sequels have a tendency to be awesome when a main character's kid is added to the mix:

Ghostbuster 2
The Legend of Zorro
The Mummy Returns
Superman Returns
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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2:30AM on 11/29/2013
I got to meet Chuck Palahniuk, and spend a couple of hours with him about 10 years ago, shortly after he wrote Lullaby. The guy is a very open, yet casual man, and has great insight on life in general, and I'll continue to support his work. I'm not sure yet, how I feel about a follow up to Fight Club, because it's hard to catch the perfection of lightning in a bottle twice, but as I said, I will support it.
I got to meet Chuck Palahniuk, and spend a couple of hours with him about 10 years ago, shortly after he wrote Lullaby. The guy is a very open, yet casual man, and has great insight on life in general, and I'll continue to support his work. I'm not sure yet, how I feel about a follow up to Fight Club, because it's hard to catch the perfection of lightning in a bottle twice, but as I said, I will support it.
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2:53PM on 11/28/2013
I would be down for a movie sequel if Brad Pitt and Edward Norton returned, otherwise no way!
I would be down for a movie sequel if Brad Pitt and Edward Norton returned, otherwise no way!
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12:45PM on 11/28/2013
Not sure on this one. From reading lots of people's comments I have to agree: a sequel to Fight Club is unnecessary. The finale of both the book and film left all themes explored within a finite story - a beginning, middle, and end - IMHO.

But while a sequel is not NEEDED, it doesn't necessarily mean it won't be good. The plot described in the article seems interesting enough. And the idea of catching up with these characters however many years later does seem appealing. When speaking
Not sure on this one. From reading lots of people's comments I have to agree: a sequel to Fight Club is unnecessary. The finale of both the book and film left all themes explored within a finite story - a beginning, middle, and end - IMHO.

But while a sequel is not NEEDED, it doesn't necessarily mean it won't be good. The plot described in the article seems interesting enough. And the idea of catching up with these characters however many years later does seem appealing. When speaking of the movie version of this story, the last time we saw these characters was after the Narrator executed a terrorist plot and was watching a building collapse under his command. I'd be interested to know what happened after that and how this person is able to lead anything resembling a normal life.

If this is going to be turned into a movie. Only do it if you can get Ed Norton and Brad Pitt. If you need to replace Helena Bonham Carter I'll have no problems with that.
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12:30AM on 11/28/2013

Unnecessary

I tend to agree with the rest of you. A sequel, whether it be in movie or graphic novel form is unnecessary. We have seen, experienced and passed the Fight Club moment. It is a fond memory. Continuing it is like what DC have done with Watchmen. The original has lost its charm due to the greed of its licensees.
I tend to agree with the rest of you. A sequel, whether it be in movie or graphic novel form is unnecessary. We have seen, experienced and passed the Fight Club moment. It is a fond memory. Continuing it is like what DC have done with Watchmen. The original has lost its charm due to the greed of its licensees.
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1:09AM on 11/28/2013
To be fair, Watchmen was continued without the involvement of the original creator. This graphic novel will be written by Palahniuk himself. Also, there have been countless sequel novels that are at least just as good as the original book.
To be fair, Watchmen was continued without the involvement of the original creator. This graphic novel will be written by Palahniuk himself. Also, there have been countless sequel novels that are at least just as good as the original book.
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6:06PM on 11/27/2013

first rule of fight club

you don't make sequels to fight club.
you don't make sequels to fight club.
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5:57PM on 11/27/2013
I wonder who will be handpicked as the artist for this graphic novel/comic book.
I wonder who will be handpicked as the artist for this graphic novel/comic book.
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4:14PM on 11/27/2013
I thought these characters were explored perfectly in the first novel and a sequel would just ruin everything Chuck built in the fist book.
I thought these characters were explored perfectly in the first novel and a sequel would just ruin everything Chuck built in the fist book.
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11:21AM on 11/28/2013
Ah, FIST book. IIIII get it. I'm onto you!
Ah, FIST book. IIIII get it. I'm onto you!
3:45PM on 11/27/2013
I am Chucks prospect of selling film rights.

Fight Club is a decent book that Fincher turned into cinematic magic. No need to do a sequel. Finchers Fight Club ends with infinite possibilities. Chucks Fight Club ended with no explosions going off and Cornelius in a mental institution. I don't want a sequel to the latters Fight Club.
I am Chucks prospect of selling film rights.

Fight Club is a decent book that Fincher turned into cinematic magic. No need to do a sequel. Finchers Fight Club ends with infinite possibilities. Chucks Fight Club ended with no explosions going off and Cornelius in a mental institution. I don't want a sequel to the latters Fight Club.
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3:30PM on 11/27/2013
No need for a sequel to an already brilliant film. Just let the story in film version be just a one and done.
No need for a sequel to an already brilliant film. Just let the story in film version be just a one and done.
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2:58PM on 11/27/2013
Fight Club was mind-f#$ing & blowing. We do need a sequel.
Fight Club was mind-f#$ing & blowing. We do need a sequel.
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2:49PM on 11/27/2013

Some things just need to be left alone...

No. No. No. No. Just no. Fuck no!
No. No. No. No. Just no. Fuck no!
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2:47PM on 11/27/2013

I'll say what we're all thinking......

If Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are in for the sequel than we actually give a shit is what we're all thinking. I read the book and really liked it but I only read the book because I liked the movie so much. Book was better of course and I liked the different ending better than the movies. I won't spoil it for you don't worry.
If Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are in for the sequel than we actually give a shit is what we're all thinking. I read the book and really liked it but I only read the book because I liked the movie so much. Book was better of course and I liked the different ending better than the movies. I won't spoil it for you don't worry.
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2:23PM on 11/27/2013
Considering its Palahniuk, I'm in
Considering its Palahniuk, I'm in
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2:18PM on 11/27/2013
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise
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3:18PM on 11/27/2013
Who, who the fuck do you think you are you-- you crazy little shit
Who, who the fuck do you think you are you-- you crazy little shit
4:23PM on 11/27/2013
I am the all singing all dancing crap of the world
I am the all singing all dancing crap of the world
5:56PM on 11/27/2013
We are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that someday we'll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won't. And we're just learning this fact. So don't fuck with us.
We are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that someday we'll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won't. And we're just learning this fact. So don't fuck with us.
2:08PM on 11/27/2013
Putting a great hero/anti-hero in 'midlife family crisis' is one of the ways to turn a sequel into a mess
Putting a great hero/anti-hero in 'midlife family crisis' is one of the ways to turn a sequel into a mess
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