Chuck Palahniuk writing a sequel to Fight Club.


This isn’t really movie news, but it could eventually lead to some. Today, Chuck Palahniuk announced at ComicCon (and on his Twitter) that he is writing a sequel to what is probably his most popular novel: Fight Club. He also announced that it will be a graphic novel, rather than a traditional one, and he has been meeting with artists from Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse.

Here is how Palahniuk described the story of this surprising sequel:

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.

Love it or hate it, Fight Club is a massively important American film of the 90s. In 2008, Empire Magazine ranked Fight Club as the tenth Greatest Movie of All-Time. While that’s a stretch, it was an enjoyable movie and a particularly important one to me as a teenager.

Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, the film grossed over $100 million dollars worldwide, was adored by critics, and in the years since it’s initial release, it’s gained quite the cult following. Frat boys all around the U.S. started telling their friends to hit them as hard as they could and rednecks around the world started their own fight clubs which the subsequently told everyone about. Both groups, of course, seemingly missed the not-so-subtle messages of the film.

It will be interesting to see where Mr. Palahniuk takes the story of the Narrator and Tyler Durden with this graphic novel and if there will be talks of adapting it for the big screen, especially considering Fight Club’s success. I’m not personally excited for this story. While there was a time that I enjoyed Palahniuk’s writing, mostly when I was a teenager, the older that I get, the less that I care for his stories and writing style. The last book of his that I read, 2011’s Damned, was infuriatingly awful.

What do you think of this news? Are you excited for a sequel? What do you think of the choice of making it a graphic novel? Would you like to see a Fincher-Norton-Pitt reunion? Chime in!

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Once the initial shock of Palahniuk’s content wears off, some of his stories can drag on. That being said, there’s a lot of genius in his writing and style, especially in his early work. ‘Fight Club’, ‘Survivor’, and ‘Choke’ are masterfully crafted stories.

Matthew Fabb

Generally, I’m all for returning to characters many years after their original story to see how they have changed and aged over time. For some reason, I don’t think I need to see older Tyler, Jack and Marla. Despite being a big comic book fan and loving the idea of continuing a prose novel as a graphic novel.