Best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk stunned an audience at San Diego Comic Con International on Thursday by announcing that he was developing a sequel to his first book, Fight Club, and that it will be released as a serialized comic book series.
It sounds from context as though he will wait until his contract with his current publisher is complete before the book is published.
Palahniuk announced the project on Thursday at the "Ode to Nerds" panel, but it wasn't until today when The Cult, a Palahniuk fan website, ran a full statement from the author that the news really broke. Here's what the writer had to say about the project:
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.
Written in 1996, Palahniuk's novel spawned a 1999 movie by director David Fincher that's become one of the great cult hits of the last twenty years. A dark satire of modern culture that examined the ideas of violence and masculinity, the book was originally published by W.W. Norton. Most of his subsequent novels (all of those that came after the Fight Club movie) have been published by Doubleday. Another of Palahniuk's novels, Choke, was translated into a film directed by Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg.