I am Jack’s audience-demanded sequel.
Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk first discussed his plan for a graphic-novel sequel to his most famous work at last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con. In a recent interview with Hustler, Palahniuk broke the vaunted first rule of Fight Club to reveal a few key details about the sequel’s plot:
“The sequel will be told from the—at first—submerged perspective of Tyler Durden as he observes the day-to-day tedium of the narrator’s life. Because 20th Century Fox created the convention of calling the protagonist Jack, I’m calling him Cornelius. He’s living a compromised life with a failing marriage, unsure about his passion for his wife. The typical midlife bullshit. Likewise, Marla is unsatisfied and dreams of accessing the wild man she’d once fallen in love with. She tampers with the small pharmacy of drugs that her husband needs to suppress Tyler, and—go figure—Tyler reemerges to terrorize their lives.”
The Fox/Cornelius thing is a reference to Planet Of The Apes, another story with a major third-act twist. Maybe at the end of the sequel, Durden discovers he’s been the real guy all along. And also that apes have taken over the world.
Palahniuk also said that while the original Fight Club was a “rant against fathers,” this sequel will revisit Jack/Cornelius after he’s become a father himself, a move he claimed would force his story (and its author) to “accept more responsibility” for its actions. It might also prove enticing for any of the movie’s original cast, now much older and fathers themselves, should they want to return for the inevitable film adaptation of the comic.