Long-Awaited ‘Fight Club’ Sequel Set to Hit Shelves Next Year
Chuck Palahniuk, author of Choke, Survivor and Invisible Monsters, to name but a few, has confirmed his long-awaited sequel to award-winning novel Fight Club will be published by this time next year.
It has been a long 18 years since Fight Club was originally published, but unlike the original, Fight Club 2 will be appearing as a series of 10 comic books, published by Dark Horse Comics with artwork by Cameron Stewart, also of DC and Marvel fame.
The cult film that sprung from the novel is 16 years old itself, directed by David Fincher (who also directed The Social Network, Panic Room, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and starring Edward Norton (American History X, Primal Fear, The Incredible Hulk), Brad Pitt (True Romance, Twelve Monkeys, Mr and Mrs Smith), and Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Planet of the Apes, Alice in Wonderland).
The first story sees the unnamed insomniac narrator (played by Norton in the movie) befriending a man in a bar, Tyler Durden (Pitt), moving into this man’s dilapidated house after his own apartment is blown up.
The pair start a fight club (“The first rule of Fight Club is…”), which turns into an anti-consumerism organisation called Project Mayhem. The narrator tries to shut down the project when things get out of control, but finds that everyone – including his friend Marla Singer – believes him to be Tyler.
Tyler informs him that they are, in fact, disassociated personalities and Tyler is simply everything the narrator wishes to be, and so has to work out a way of stopping Tyler (himself) and Project Mayhem before it is too late.
Palahniuk said that revealing that he was working on a possible sequel was an accident, talking to fans at a convention in New York. “Suddenly there was this big scramble to honour my word,” he said.
Fight Club 2 is set ten years after the first novel, with the still-as-yet-unnamed narrator married to Marla (Bonham Carter’s character in the movie), and they have nine-year-old son together.
Both the Project Mayhem group and Tyler are also set to make a return, with readers getting some insight into how Tyler came into being. “Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries,” explained Palahniuk, “and not just an aberration that’s popped up in [the narrator’s] mind.”
The author said that the sequel is more of a reflection on middle-age frustrations, when you have ‘made it’ but are still unhappy, just for different reasons, instead of the anxieties of youth portrayed in the first Fight Club.
“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?” Palahniuk asks. “Sure, your life is more stable and safe, but is it a better life?”
He added that while the first book was basically a criticism of fathers – his own and everyone else’s – he decided he wanted to revisit the characters and storyline now that he had come to the age that his father had been when he was criticising him. “[It] made me want to revisit it from my father’s perspective and see if things were any better and why it repeats like that,” he explained.
You can look forward to Fight Club 2 from May 2015, but if you can’t wait that long for your Palahniuk fix, his next novel, Beautiful You, will be published in October.
“If this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight…”