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Palahniuk turns to Fraction for help with ‘Fight Club’ sequel

fight clubChuck Palahniuk’s highly anticipated comic-book sequel to Fight Club has moved one step closer to reality, with a little help from Matt Fraction.

“The graphic novel ‘script’ for the Fight Club sequel has gone off to the writer Matt Fraction and to an unnamed publisher for review,” the author revealed to his official fan site. “Matt writes his own series, called Sex Criminals and does very well. He’s been my go-to advisor about format and other considerations of graphic scripts. I’ll be choosing an illustrator based on their response to the script. The sequel will consist of seven issues, totally more than 210 pages. Fingers crossed.”

Over the weekend, Fraction tweeted, “#satanista #fightclub2 #ohyeahitsfuckinghappening,” followed by a blog post that read simply, “What’s the first rule of Fight Club?”

Announced in July, the sequel picks up 10 years “after the seeming end of Tyler Durden,” with Jack (as he was dubbed in the  film; Palahniuk is calling him Cornelius) trapped in a failing marriage. “The typical midlife bullshit,” Palahniuk said in November. “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.”

“My only worry is about presenting it in the form of a graphic novel,” he told Hustler. “The medium shapes the messages, and I’ll be relearning how to tell stories. My tendency is to hold the entire plot in my mind until I’m afraid of forgetting it. Once I start writing, I can’t stop. That feverish, ill-fed, exhausting stint of writing is the only part of the process that I fear.”

Palahniuk’s 1996 debut novel was famously adapted by David Fincher as a 1999 film starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Fight Club follows an anonymous and unreliable Narrator who, while suffering from insomnia, begins attending support groups for people with problems much larger than his. At one, he meets a disturbed woman named Marla, and the two become involved in a sort-of love triangle with the charismatic and mysterious Tyler Durden. That leads him down a winding path involving an underground network of men who beat the hell out of each other for fun, large-scale destruction and human fat transformed into soap.

(via The Guardian)

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I don’t know why, but when I think of who would be the perfect artist for this, I think “Paul Pope”. Palahniuk, Fraction and Pope all on one project would be spectacular.

Black Doug you are a goddamn genius, because Pope would be the perfect artist for something like this.

I not that excited about a sequel. I enjoyed the movie more than the book but both told the stories they needed to tell. This feels unnecessary.

Sean Phillips, Alex Maleev or Darrick Robertson. One of those three would be my pick for artist. Phillips or Maleev because they have a grittiness that fits. Robertson carries that same grimy feel but adds some cartoonish vibes that I think would go well. All 3 are captivating storytellers. Robertson is my number one pick just bec I think it’d be super interesting to see him on this project. Plus, he would do the humorous parts really well.

From what I can see, the ONLY character type that Fraction writes well is that of the weak snivelling prototypical hipster male. That might fit certain aspects of “Jack”, but by the sequel the character should have progressed somewhat, right? I just don’t see Fraction writing a convincing Tyler. All of Fraction’s male characters have to be weak hipster douches, or else they feel false.

Hm. Fraction writing from the p.o.v. of a weak hipster male whose “strong female character” wife berates him. Sounds like therapy.

If he were still alive today, Jorge Zaffino would be my pick. John Paul Leon or Nic Klein could do it justice. I like Maleev but his drawings would be too stiff.

i also vote for Paul Pope, he creates grungy, dirty artwork which is the epitome of fight club’s environment.

Id say Sean Phillips , Warren Pleece, Sean Murphy, Eduardo Risso, or Darick Robertson. They could all create the perfect feel for something like this in their own way.

Ooooh or Travis Charest

Sean Murphy all the way.

The first name I thought of was Sean Murphy but I would also love to see Paul Pope do the project. Either artist would be perfect in my eyes.

Big question is will the characters look like Brad Pitt and Ed Norton or will they be completely different interpretations of them?

Bill Sink or Howard C

Liefeld.

terrible news

Damn, this seems increasingly pathetic. A close ended book that’s now getting a sequel ‘perfect’ for comic format that isn’t even fully crafted by the author? Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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