At that pantheon of hopeless virginity and sweaty hands, Comic-Con in San Diego, acclaimed author and all-round guru Chuck Palahniuk dropped a bit of a nuclear bomb in announcing he is planning a sequel (of sorts) to his mind-bender ‘Fight Club.’ For anyone who read the brain-busting novel – or more likely, saw the excellent movie adaptation with Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden, Edward Norton as the unnamed narrator, and Helena Bonham Carter basically playing the same kooky goth tramp she has played since (seemingly) birth – this is a decent piece of news to wake up to on a Tuesday morning.
In breaking his first two rules, Palahniuk announced he would be penning a follow-up to his landmark tale of multiple personalities, catharthis through physical pain, and ideas of corporate ideals and personal intimacy in modern America in graphic novel format. The news was announced during his appearance on a Comic-Con panel, and confirmed later on chuckpalahniuk.net. The author confirmed he had been meeting with artists from Marvel and DC, and said the story would “”likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden.”
The movie that spawned a thousand anti-corporate catchcries, moody Myspace statuses and tattoos ended with the narrator seemingly eliminating the persona of Tyler Durden from his mind, but according to Palahniuk, Durden will resurface and kickstart the new project
“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.”
I probably couldn’t be more stoked, with ‘Fight Club’ forming a pretty large part of my teenage years. I discovered it at the same time as creating my senior creative writing project in high school that too was about split personalities; it became my go-to related text for English essays for a few years; and like most teenagers, it was the perfect embodiment of that morbid fascination adolescent boys have with fighting, blood and proving one’s self. I remember watching the film and being absolutely blown away by the climax as (SPOILER ALERT) Norton realises that Pitt is not his friend, but a figment of his imagination. I’m still a little mindfucked whenever I watch it, as you’re continually finding more and more clues hidden throughout that hint back to the skewed and tenuous hold Norton’s character has on reality.
Hold your horses though – Palahniuk says due to other commitments and contracts, the sequel to Fight Club won’t be out until at least 2015.