I have quite a few proverbial lines in the sand - movies which I will never accept being remade or being exploited with another unnecessary sequel. Fight Club is one of these movies. It is a brilliant, poetic and thought provoking insight into the angst and disenfranchisement felt by practically every male brought up in the post-Cold War era of rampant neo-liberalism.
That is why when I heard production was afoot for a Fight Club 2, I was ready to head out, form my own Project Mayhem and send threatening haikus to everyone involved in the production. Then I read a bit further and discovered the sequel would in fact be a 10 part comic-book series from Dark Horse Comics, which as far as I'm concerned, is a lot less noxious.
Chuck Palahniuk, the writer of the original Fight Club novel, recently spoke about the project to USA Today. He explained the comic-book series, which will be illustrated by Cameron Stewart, is set 10-years after the conclusion of the first book (and movie) and sees the unnamed narrator now married to Marla Singer with a 9-year old son, Junior. With this mind, 'Fight Club 2' will still draw on the same themes built upon in the book and film - namely fatherhood and finding an masculine identity in the modern world - but this time from the perspective of a middle aged man. Palahniuk explained:
Now to find myself at the age that my father was when I was trashing him made me want to revisit it from the father's perspective and see if things were any better and why it repeats like that.
However, some familiar faces from the original will return - including the iconic Tyler Durden. It seems the narrator's new family life might leave him harking for the good ol' days. Palachiuk continues:
He tries to go back and reclaim that phase of his life, and is just a pathetic failure. He's not that person anymore. But beyond that, it's what the organization has grown into in his absence and what he's pulled back into.
The comics will also explore the origins of Durden, which might not be simply limited to the narrator's insomniac mind:
Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that's popped into [the narrator's] mind.
Illustrator Cameron Stewart also discussed the more 'cartoony' style he would be utilizing for the sequel, explaining he felt it captured the density of the story, as well as capturing some of the more "absurdly comic moments". It also seems like the sequel will also address the major cultural impact of the book and film. Stewart explained it "is as much a meta-fictional comment on the cultural response to Fight Club as it is a sequel."
Palaniuk also admitted that originally, he never intended to continue the Fight Club story, but began to change his mind after becoming involved with the comic-book community in Portland, Oregon. He also made things worse when he also mentioned the word 'sequel' at last year's New York Comic-Con. He continued:
I messed up and said I was doing the sequel in front of 1,500 geeks with telephones. Suddenly, there was this big scramble to honor my word.
Like I said, I'm not particularly enthusiastic about the prospects of the a sequel, but I suppose if there has to be one, at least it's coming from the creative mind behind the original, and not some studio executive who wants to cash in on a cult classic. Furthermore, I think the comic-book aesthetic could actually lend itself quite well to the story. What's your opinions? Feel free to break the first rule of Fight Club below.
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