Announced at San Diego Comic-Con and confirmed via the author's website, Chuck Palahniuk is to write a sequel to "Fight Club," taking place ten years after the first book's events.
Chuck Palahniuk. Photo: AFP/Stephane De Sakutin
But there's already a twist, as the second book will be a graphic novel, with Palahniuk already having made contact with Marvel, DC and Dark Horse, he said.
"Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla is bored," he explained on chuckpalahniuk.net.
And Tyler Durden is still up to no good, with a dark plan that leads him to kidnap Jack and Marla's son.
"Since the Fight Club sequel will appear serialized in graphic form, my book publisher might allow me to launch it earlier than 2015."
"Fight Club" was written in response to a publisher's rejection of intended debut novel "Immortal Monsters," and the incendiary 1996 hit became a 1999 blockbuster movie starring Brad Pitt, Ed Norton and Helena Bonham-Carter.
Social network chatter was largely positive.
"Really hope Palahniuk smashes it," wrote Twitter user @johnlongbottom, while @VincentAlvaro, perhaps not the author's greatest fan, maintained that "Fight Club" was still "really the only Palahniuk work worth reading."
Setting the new book a decade after the first meant that "the film ending is left ambiguous & Durden is mythic," noted @LloydAshPyne, who stated that he had "confidence in the [sequel's] story."
And, of course, given the notoriety of David Fincher's movie, others were quick to consider Hollywood's next move. "Dare we say movie sequel too?" asked @farzinothecat.
Others, like @blacklotvs, pledged to catch up with the Palahniuk back catalog before the sequel launches -- "I've made it my goal to finish all of Chuck Palahniuk's novels before the sequel to Fight Club. "
Those who take on the catch-up challenge will certainly have to include "Doomed," second of three books in the "Damned" trilogy, which is due October 8, 2013.
After that comes savage chick lit satire "Beautiful You" in 2014 and short story collection "Make Something Up," slated for 2015.