Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club

If you’re like me, you’re still struggling a bit with the pessimistic promise and optimistic despair of a Fight Club sequel in graphic novel form. It could be a towering tack-on to a beloved cult classic (that comes in both paper and celluloid) or it could derail the legacy of Cornelius. Or Rupert. Or whatever that guy’s name was. Unfortunately, that queasy feeling hasn’t been ameliorated by Chuck Palahniuk‘s recent explanation of the plot. From Hustler Magazine (via The Cult): “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.” First Beetlejuice, and now this.

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Fight Club

Quick! Think of a beloved, bold, classic, cult film with Oscar caliber performance and craft that you’d never want to see remade or reimagined. Now imagine the medium you’d never want to see that film remade or reimagined within. Was your answer Dirty Dancing as a web series? First of all, no, that’s the wrong answer and, second of all, that sounds delightfully terrible. No, the right answer was Fight Club and “graphic novel.” Too bad. In the crush of the weekend’s massive influx of Comic-Con news, an announcement from author Chuck Palahniuk got a bit lost in the fray, and it’s finally managed to get around days later. Palahniuk appeared at the convention for a number of reasons – to sign books for fans, to appear on a panel called “Ode to Nerds,” to clearly be very good to his admirers, and to slyly announce that he’s working on a sequel to his “Fight Club.” The author slipped the news in during his panel when asked what he was working on next, and while it’s heartening that it’s Palahniuk who is working on this so-called sequel, we’re finding it very hard indeed to get excited about the potential for any sort of follow-up to his original vision, particularly in graphic novel form. Collider passed along the news, straight from the author’s official site (called “The Cult”) about the process of the new novel and the bare bones of Palahniuk’s vision for it. If you’re not interested in getting clear-cut […]

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The Film: Fight Club (1999) The Plot: Our nameless Narrator (Edward Norton) works for a major auto manufacturer, investigating fatal crashes caused by product defects and running cost-benefit analyses to decide whether it’d be more expensive to recall the deadly cars or to pony up settlements in future class-action lawsuits. Sound like an amoral, soul-murdering job to you? Our Narrator agrees and embarks on a fumbling quest for peace. He gets a hearty shove down the path toward enlightenment when a) his apartment full of “versatile solutions for modern living” mysteriously explodes, b) he strikes up a love/hate relationship with the morbid nihilist Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), and c) he joins forces with soap entrepenuer and terrorist mastermind Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) to found the Fight Club movement.

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Francis Lawrence keeps himself busy, and it shows when you look at his untrusty IMDB page. The director’s name has been tied to a lot of projects in the past few years – Survivor, Sgt. Rock, Houdini, and more — but many of those films aren’t ones Lawrence will be making. In my interview with the director, we spent some time discussing what may be next for him, either Houdini or Unbroken, and why certain projects didn’t come together. First off, Lawrence won’t be adapting Survivor, which he backed away from over two years ago. Not because the project died while he was working on it, but over a tonal issue:

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Even before the cult success of Fight Club, news of a Chuck Palahniuk novel being optioned and seriously considered for an adaptation hit almost ever six months or so. Even when I spoke to the author back in 2008 he had plenty of information about upcoming adaptations which never came to pass. To be fair, he admitted that he wasn’t at all involved in the adaptation process for any of those projects, but all of his books still seemed to have a hum around them that wouldn’t go away. That’s why, for his birthday this year, I did a special list for Print to Projector to show the state of the adaptations and pitch why they would all work as movies. Now today, /film is reporting that another grain of news in the rice field of Palahniuk’s film world has surfaced: a new director in the form of Samir Rehem and another stab at Invisible Monsters.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a little early this evening, but it’s still the same badass nightly movie news column that you’ve come to love and mostly ignore. Tonight it spends time around the globe, traveling to the south of France, the Hindu Kush, the future, the 18th century, the end of the Cold War, Asgard and Sequelville (it’s right between West L.A. and Century City). But it always comes back to you, dear reader, to bring you the goods. And the bads. And well, you know. The most interesting thing at Cannes yesterday might not have been Lars von Trier’s movie, Melancholia (which we reviewed and, as it stands, liked very much), it was von Trier’s comments during the press conference. From sympathizing with Hitler to extremely young naked women, he let it all out. To their credit, Vulture has captured all the best of it and delivered a list of the 10 most controversial things Lars von Trier said at the Melancholia press conference. “Should I talk about Spider-Man now?”

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Today is Chuck Palahniuk‘s 49th birthday, which means that the writer and member of the Lost Generation gets to blow out some candle, eat some cake, and mail a few plastic lobsters to people. It also means that we get to take a look at the novels he’s written that still need to be made into movies. For those that don’t read our site on the weekends at all (because kites don’t fly themselves), we normally run this column every Saturday, but seeing how it’s a special occasion and seeing as how we don’t care much for rules, we figured it was a great time to comb through the Fight Club and Choke author’s stuff to celebrate it a bit. To that end, here are 9 Chuck Palahniuk books that are ripe for the movie picking.

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Studios have been afraid for too long. It’s time to put Palahniuk’s long, strange trip into the heart of American commercialism and religion on the big screen.

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To celebrate the DVD release of the subversive comedy Choke, which arrives in shops on 17th February, we’ve joined forces with Twentieth Century Fox home Entertainment to give you the chance of winning a copy of the DVD.

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Now that it’s optioned, can an indie film maestro solve the problems of bringing Palahniuk’s horror tale to the screen? I remain skeptical.

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Choke author Chuck Palahniuk

Seven minutes into my conversation with Chuck Palahniuk, I’m still not sure that he exists.

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Apparently Kevin Carr is fine with dudes talking about making it with animals, but he gets his chest hair in a bunch when it’s an attractive young female edging toward beast-love.

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To the untrained eye (and unjaded soul) the headline above may appear to be misleading hyperbole. But no, these are hard facts taken directly from the author’s own mouth.

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Officially Cool

I found this nifty little video that makes Fight Club look like it could actually look like a lighthearted romantic comedy. Watch and comment, like Jack’s dirty mouth.

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With all the buzz surrounding other Palahniuk projects like Invisible Monsters and Survivor, no one seemed to notice that the Lullaby adaptation is already casting.

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Sam Rockwell and Brad William Henke in Choke

To illustrate the raunch, Fox Searchlight has released the following red band trailer, which is about as NSFW as they come.

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Choke Poster Header

Could it be a coincidence that the first poster for Chuck Palahniuk’s movie Choke reminds us of the cover of his upcoming book “Snuff”? We think not.

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Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk

Leave it to Fight Club and Choke writer Chuck Palahniuk to come up with a marketing campaign for his upcoming book that involves fake 70s porn trailers. Yes, that’s right, fake 70s porn trailers.

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Fox Searchlight announces a date for its Chuck Palahniuk penned Sundance ’08 acquisition…

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From the writer of Fight Club comes a dark comedy about sexual addiction that is a joy to behold.

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