There will almost certainly never be a sequel to the movie Fight Club. Director David Fincher has moved on to getting Best Picture nominations and adapting other high-profile novels, Edward Norton is doing good work with Wes Anderson, and Brad Pitt, for all his remaining charms, is no longer the fantasy figure Tyler Durden. But that doesn't mean we can't get a continuation of the story that has become such a cult favorite-- so long as you're up for seeing it play out on the stage.
At Comic-Con over the weekend, Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk dropped the bombshell that not only is he working on a Fight Club sequel, but it will be a graphic novel. Here's what he said, via Movies.com:
“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.”
It's hard to imagine anything in the Fight Club universe being defined by "suburban boredom," especially with Marla involved, but that really is the natural next step for the Fight Club story, which in its first incarnation was about the boredom of white-collar single life. Palahniuk promises it will be "dark and messy," but within the world of graphic novels, that's a lot easier to pull off than on film. He's still in the process of finding a publisher and of finishing the story, but Palahniuk thinks it might be possible to get the book launched before 2015.
Fight Club remains indelible in popular culture, even living on in movie Easter Eggs, but it's hard to imagine revisiting that world without Brad Pitt and Edward Norton's faces to guide it. Will Palahniuk include their likenesses in the sequel? Will he write something so visceral-- and probably disturbing-- that we'll forget about them entirely? We may or may not have to wait until 2015 to find out.
In the meantime, revisit the stylized glory of the original Fight Club in this trailer for glimpses at what we might expect in the graphic novel follow-up.