In the 1999 psychological thriller, Fight Club, David Fincher directed what would go on to be one of the most bizarre cult films of all time. While Fight Club captured the pure, organized savagery that was Fight Club, and showed its evolution into a complete anarchistic mutiny of society, we didn’t get to see the universe after “Tyler,” and Project Mayhem essentially zeroed out everyone’s credit, and started the process of Anarchy in the USA.
While Fincher hasn’t quite gotten around to showing New York City “with vines growing around its buildings,” or any of it’s post-collapse, we may, fortunately, get a storyboard for what could be a more relevant Fight Club film today. How? Often, people forget that Fight Club started as a book by Chuck Palahniuk, that was even grittier, more descriptive, and probably more dangerous than Fight Club the film, hell; it teaches you how to turn your neighbor’s showerhead into a fucking missile, like a literal missile. It turns out, this version of the Fight Club timeline is getting revamped, as Chuck Palahniuk teamed up with several illustrators to create a badassed graphic novel. (which I just Pre-ordered).
If you’re a diehard fan, you knew this was the case, but if you didn’t know, there’re a few things we could probably guess about the storyline. For one, it’s probably not going to follow the story timeline of the movie, but instead, the graphic novel, which had a more negative reception, when compared to the darkly romantic ending of the film.
The main difference lies in the ending of the novel. While in the movie, it’s presumed the Marla(Helena Bonham Carter) and the Narrator (Edward Norton) run off into their newly destroyed city, and away from a recently deceased imaginary friend, to live schizophrenically ever after. The novel doesn’t have a comforting ending, like just about every other work by Palahniuk. In the novel, The Narrator shoots himself in front of Marla and one of those support groups they would attend for false comfort and thinks he dies. The bombs that were supposed to detonate didn’t, because they were altered during mixing (“Tyler” mixed in paraffin).
In the epilog, the narrator finds himself drearily awake, wondering if he’s in hell, and assuming he’s in the afterlife, not yet realizing the “spirits” he sees nurses, NURSES THAT ARE A PART OF PROJECT MAYHEM! The book then ends, with the readers finding out that Project Mayhem is still very much alive.
From the Amazon description of the book, we get proof that Palahniuk’s rolling with his original story and taking that timeline ten years into the future.
“Some imaginary friends never go away . . .
Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long; the wife has seen to that. He’s back where he started, but this go-round he’s got more at stake than his life. The time has arrived . . .Rize or Die.”
I think it’s going to be fantastic to see how the novelist(s) and illustrator(s) involved in this project go about juggling how Project Mayhem would run in a world now riddled with an internet presence, social media, and a dramatic decade of REAL U.S History surrounding it. Fight Club didn’t predict 9/11 and the economic collapse, so juggling the topics of what is essentially terrorism into a graphic novel may meet its fair share of controversy.
Either way, I’m excited to read an updated take on the Mayhem and mischief, and though I love the potential for a film sequel that may come from the story’s resurgence, I’m honestly split on whether or not it deserves a second run, or better yet, wouldn’t be RUINED by a second run. Also, If you couldn’t cast Norton and Brad Pitt again, well…..
This time, we want to hear from you, should Fight Club have a film sequel as well?
Please don’t chop off my scrotum