Now that Brad Pitt is the daddy of 20 children or something, we don’t expect to see him prioritizing a sequel to Fight Club anytime soon. We will, however, be treated to one in graphic-novel form thanks to an upcoming series from the author of the novel that the film is based on, Chuck Palahniuk. Now, the scribe brings news from his official fan site, The Cult, that the writer behind Marvel’s Hawkeye and Image Comics’ Sex Criminals, Matt Fraction, is involved with the project. The Eisner-winning writer has memorized the first rule of Fight Club (never talk about… ), so he’s not saying much — but here’s what Palahniuk shared about his involvement on the website:
The graphic novel “script” for the Fight Club sequel has gone off to the writer Matt Fraction and to an unnamed publisher for review. Matt writes his own series, called Sex Criminals and does very well. He’s been my go-to advisor about format and other considerations of graphic scripts. I’ll be choosing an illustrator based on their response to the script. The sequel will consist of seven issues, totally more than 210 pages. Fingers crossed.
We also know that the sequel will take place about 10 years after the events of the original story, with Jack “dragged back into the world of Mayhem” after Tyler kidnaps his (and the deranged Marla’s) son. Last year, Palahniuk promised that the story will be “dark and messy,” and he’s even changing the protagonist’s name from Jack to… Cornelius.
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 bulls**t. 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.
The project is on track for a 2015 launch. With the film (and novel) having such a cult following, this seems like a smart move and possible first step toward a filmic sequel. Rather than rush a part two to the big screen, Palahniuk has an opportunity to try this new chapter in Jack/Cornelius’ life out on audiences. That doesn’t mean we need a sequel to the film or that we’ll get one, but it does make us ponder the possibilities. What about you?
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