Between all of the big superhero matchups coming to the big screen and infinite television panels, this story almost slipped through the San Diego Comic-Con cracks: the Chuck Palahniuk Tumblr is reporting that the author, whose “Beautiful You” will be out in 2014, is working on a comic book sequel to “Fight Club.”
Palahniuk confirmed that the OGN is happening, and that he’s currently on the hunt for artists and a publisher. From the man himself:
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.
It’s not clear from the synopsis above whether the followup will take place after the film or the novel, both of which diverged pretty broadly in the fates of their respective narrators. The book, in particular, went a little darker, with “Jack” trapped in a paranoid nightmare that Fight Club would never end, whereas David Fincher’s film allowed our nameless protagonist some measure of “growth” by annihilating his alter ego and celebrating the destruction of nearby credit card companies with his love interest, Marla Singer.
It’s an odd road we’ve had to take where “Fight Club” might be coming back as a comic. The film adaptation from Fox was released without much fanfare to apathetic audiences back in 2000, before finding a second life on home video. Its audience over the years has been… curious, to say the least: a mixture of bros embracing the anarchofascism of Tyler and his merry band of space monkeys, and I guess everyone else who’ve picked at the various threads of its anti-consumerist narrative.
[Source: Chuck Palahniuk Tumblr]