Since the release of Fight Club, cult author Chuck Palahniuk has been shocking and enticing readers with his idiosyncratic and vicious tales. His work varies from nihilistic and self-mutilating stories exist in a bleak world on the brink of personal destruction or inside the very particular kind of psychological unrest. And as someone who loves a good mutation to his work, last summer we had an in-depth chat with the iconic author about the re-issuing of one of his most beloved work, Invisible Monsters Remix. And this weekend, while speaking at Comic Con on a panel called “’Ode To Nerds,” Palahniuk announced his plans for a sequel to Fight Club—in the form of a graphic novel.
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.
Feel free to release any or all of this information. We haven’t started to court a specific publisher, not until I hammer out the complete story.
“Something I always said about Fight Club
: it is basically a game that people have invented and it’s fun. It’s not any kind of personal quest; it’s just a fun thing to do for a couple hours a week,” Palahniuk told us
. “Invisible Monsters
was a book I had written just to have a really good time and it’s that quality of play that I always want to be present in everything I write….[Fight Club
] the film carried that sense of play."
It’s easy to see how fans of his work will be enthralled by the announcement while others will clearly brush this of but either way, stay tuned. I’ll keeping a close eye on this as solidfies from idea to the page.