Fight Club the novel turns 17 next month, meaning if it was a woman, it’d already be legal in some states. Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk was at Comic-Con over the weekend to sign copies of his new book, Doomed, and to participate in a panel called “Ode to Nerds” (*rolls eyes*). But that’s not all. He also teased the news that he’s working on a sequel to Fight Club in graphic novel form. Finally, I won’t need my imagination to picture Brad Pitt’s sweet abs!
Palahniuk emailed his fan site to clarify the news:
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.
Jack and Marla are married with a kid?!? What happened to her wanting to have his abortion? Not to mention her shacking up with Tim Burton, which I know is real life, but would actually make total sense in the Fight Club universe. (I like to imagine Burton walking out of his room with a Scissorhand glove on – “You want to finish her off?”)
Anyway, it’s tempting to point out the hypocrisy of a famously anti-commercial screed having a graphic novelized sequel announced at Comic-Con (you are not your f*cking comic books). But… I also kind of want to read it. Is that wrong? We should all celebrate this news by beating the shit out of Jared Leto.