"Fight Club," the best-selling 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk, is slated to get a comic book sequel next year, the author revealed Monday.
In an interview with USA Today
, Palahniuk revealed that "Fight Club 2" will continue the story of the unnamed protagonist and his alter ego, Tyler Durden, in a 10-issue Dark Horse Comics maxiseries illustrated by Cameron Stewart. The series is set for a May release.
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"I messed up and said I was doing the sequel in front of 1,500 geeks with telephones," said Palahniuk, explaining that he originally mentioned the possibility of such a project at last year's New York Comic Con. "Suddenly, there was this big scramble to honor my word."
The author said that with the new format, the sequel will also feature a reassessment of the role of fathers in society.
The original novel, which was turned into a hit movie by director David Fincher in 1999, was "such a tirade against fathers," Palahniuk admits. At the time, it was "everything I had thought my father had not done combined with everything my peers were griping about their fathers."
Palahniuk is now 52, and plans to set the sequel 10 years after story told in the original novel.
"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," he said.
Palahniuk explained that in the new novel, the unnamed protagonist — played by Edward Norton in the movie — is married to Marla Singer, and has a 9-year-old son named Junior.
The book will also explore the origins of Tyler Durden — played in the film by Brad Pitt — and much of the plot will revolve around Project Mayhem and the protagonist grappling what the organization has become after he left.
Because "Fight Club has become" such a cultural phenomenon, Palahniuk also plans to slip in a few messages regarding his fans, saying the sequel "is as much a meta-fictional comment on the cultural response to Fight Club as it is a sequel."
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