‘Fight Club 2′ Is on the Way…in Comic Book Form
Since its 1999 release, David Fincher’s ‘Fight Club‘ has gone from box office disappointment to one of the most influential films in recent memory. When the film first achieved its cult sensation status, you just know that conversations were held about crafting a sequel. Now ‘Fight Club 2′ finally is coming, but it’s coming from author Chuck Palahniuk who wrote the original novel, and, surprisingly, the second coming of Tyler Durden won’t be another book, it’ll be a graphic novel.
Although Palahniuk revealed the ‘Fight Club’ sequel in comic book form back during Comic-Con, in an interview with Hustler (via The Playlist), Palahniuk spoke more about the project that is currently scheduled to hit shelves in 2015. If you’re one of the countless people who thought the original film and novel had a fairly definitive ending that didn’t lend itself to a follow-up in any way, you’re wrong! Although he didn’t get too detailed, Palahniuk chatted about the basic concept of the sequel, which will once again center around the story’s unnamed protagonist (SPOILERS for ‘Fight Club’ lurk in the paragraphs below, just in case you’re one of the few people who hasn’t seen the movie or read the book yet):
He’s living a compromised life with a failing marriage, unsure about his passion for his wife. The typical midlife bullsh*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.
As you surely remember, the film version of ‘Fight Club’ concluded with Edward Norton‘s narrator literally blowing his deranged alternate personality out of his head with a pistol, only to watch Durden’s (Brad Pitt) grand scheme succeed. The novel’s conclusion isn’t so dramatic, but it’s similarly dark and nihilistic. Palahniuk’s sequel pitch seems to sidestep how everyone escaped their predicament at the end of the story and jump into the future, where the re-emergence of Tyler Durden will be a metaphor for a midlife crisis.
We’ll know more about this comic book sequel when it arrives in a few years, but we do know one thing: Hollywood will certainly have their eyes on it. After all, ‘Fight Club’ wasn’t financially viable, but ‘Fight Club 2′ is a different story.