[WARNING: Major spoilers for the end of Fight Club ahead.]
Perhaps the spoiler warning is a little bit moot, now that it's been well over a decade since David Fincher's Fight Club came out and the twist ending is referenced almost as often as that of The Sixth Sense.
Nevertheless, it's worth giving notice to those who have somehow managed to avoid seeing Fight Club, since this twist is pretty great if you don't know it's coming: the film's protagonist, Jack, discovers that the brutal anarchist who has been leading him astray - Tyler Durden - is in fact a second personality invented by him to reinvigorate his dull, materialistic life.
The film was based on the novel of the same name, written by Chuck Palahniuk in the mid-1990s and featuring an erratic, almost poetic style of prose that has become one of the author's trademarks. Another of his books, Choke, was also adapted into a film written and directed by Marvel movie star Clark Gregg and featuring Sam Rockwell in the lead.
Though Fight Club serves as a neatly self-contained story, many of Palahniuk's fans have been desperate for a sequel, and it looks like they're about to get their wish - on the page, at least. Palahniuk revealed at San Diego Comic-Con this year, during the 'Ode To Nerds' panel, that his next writing project is a graphic novel follow-up to Fight Club. Here are his exact words on the subject, as posted on his official website The Cult:
"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 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.
"We haven't started to court a specific publisher, not until I hammer out the complete story."
Obviously, this is big news for fans of Palahniuk's original novel - which is definitely worth reading, especially if you enjoyed the movie - but its relevance on a film & TV news site is primarily the obvious question it raises about an on-screen sequel.
Despite the widespread popularity of the anarchic cult hit, Fight Club was never graced with a terrible direct-to-video cash-in sequel (American Psycho didn't get off so lightly), but the release of a graphic novel sequel to the original book could well be the trigger that will bring Fight Club 2 to the big screen.
Given that the Fight Club graphic novel story continuation will take place several years after the conclusion of the original book, there's a perfect justification for the actors looking a little older, if they did decide to return for a movie sequel. Having said that, Helena Bonham-Carter and Edward Norton seem to have barely aged at all in the 14 years since Fight Club's release, and even Brad Pitt is still looking very spry for a 49 year-old. All three would fit the profile of middle-aged suburbanites well (though it's difficult to imagine that Tyler has become any more mellow over time).
Since, as mentioned before, the Fight Club story doesn't necessarily demand a sequel, there are reasons to be wary about a continuation of the story. Based on Palahniuk's brief summary of the plot, however, this sounds like a brilliant idea: telling the story of the two warring personalities from the perspective of a trapped Tyler Durden, and having Jack effectively kidnap his own son and being left to battle with his own psyche in order to save him.
Maybe the Fight Club movie sequel is just a pipe dream, but it's got to be an easier sell than Snuff, a Palahniuk novel about an aging porn star trying to break records by having sex with 600 men in a row, which has already been optioned for the big screen.
Screen Rant comic book enthusiasts: assuming this graphic novel sequel goes ahead smoothly, who do you think would be the perfect artist to provide the illustrations? Also, let us know in the comments if you think Fight Club is likely to get a movie sequel.
Source: The Cult