The first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club – but apparently that rule doesn’t apply to Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, because one of the biggest stories to emerge from the just-ended San Diego Comic-Con reveals the author has a sequel to his cult hit in the works – in graphic novel format.
Palahniuk dropped the bomb during his appearance on a panel entitled "Ode to Nerds," then confirmed it with some more detail to website ChuckPalahniuk.net. Here’s the breakdown in the author’s own words:
“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 comeback. 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.”
Sounds great so far. Palahniuk then goes on to reveal that he’s not sure when this sequel will actually hit a comic shop near you.
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.”
While all of this raises many questions, the biggest one in my brain right now is will this sequel feature the character likenesses of Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, or will the artist involved create his own take on the narrator and Tyler? Personally, while I like the book more than the film, it’s hard to “see” these characters as anyone other than Norton and Pitt at this point. What do you guys think?