It turns out the first rules of Fight Club were just trumped by the first rule of Hollywood: Make a buck.
Plans were just announced for a sequel to Fight Club (or, as you all know it, the best movie to come out while I was in high school). The sequel will be in comic book form. Now, as someone who loved the original book and original film wholeheartedly, I have to admit I’m a bit dubious about the sequel. Author Chuck Palahniuk stated that the sequel, a 10-issue comic book series, will explore the origins of Tyler Durden. Really, though, do we need that? Do we need to see the narrator and Marla together, and married? Fight Club (the film) packed such a definitive punch at the end, and Fight Club (the book), while using a different finale, also gave the reader full closure.
Of course, I’ll read every issue, and am beyond curious to see what Palahniuk has up his sleeve. That said, there’s a law of diminishing return in his work past the original Fight Club novel: Survivor had an interesting premise that ultimately went nowhere; Choke bothered me to no end (and tried to utilize a similar “twist” ending as Fight Club, but with minimal impact); Lullaby would have been better off being 100 pages shorter; and I couldn’t get more than 20 pages into Diary.
So why get excited about a Fight Club sequel, despite me logically knowing that it can only disappoint? Well, I guess I’m just an avid member of Project Mayhem after all. And I can guarantee at least one person wants more of the Fight Club story. His name is Robert Paulson.
Agree? Disagree? Feel like hitting something as hard as you can? Or talking about all the ways to make soap? Let me know in the comments.