We are Jack’s happy amygdala. Appearing at the Comic-Con International at San Diego over the weekend to promote his new novel Doomed, author Chuck Palahniuk let slip that he was working on a graphic novel sequel to his most famous work, Fight Club.
The 1996 novel, a commentary on the dissatisfaction with modern male ideals of masculinity, was made into a cult film with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton by David Fincher in 1999. Despite low box office takings, it went on to become a fan favourite a source of quotes and misguided copycat clubs. The forthcoming graphic novel will be a sequel to the novel it would seem, the ending of which differed significantly from the film’s.
According to The Cult, the official Palahniuk website, the author issued the following email statement about the state of the new graphic novel:
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 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. 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.