David Fincher And Trent Reznor's Fight Club Musical Sounds Perfectly Angsty
So, here's a thing: Trent Reznor, David Fincher, Julie Taymor and Chuck Palahniuk might all have something to do with a Fight Club musical. The dream of the disaffected '90s is alive.
Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk mentioned at Comic-Con during a Fight Club panel that filmmaker (and Fight Club director) David Fincher and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor are working on adapting the 1999 film into a rock opera, VICE reports. The pair most recently worked together when Reznor scored Gone Girl, but Reznor also scored Fincher's The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Not only that, Julie Taymor might be part of the project. That's the same Julie Taymor who directed the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of The Lion King, but also the one same person who directed Titus, the dark, anachronistic film adaptation of Shakespeare's cannibalistic revenge tragedy, Titus Andronicus. So, things are probably gonna get weird.
Fincher previously mentioned wanting to do a Fight Club musical back in 2008 for the film's 10-year-anniversary, but later said it would cost too much. However, he did tell MTV that Reznor had some sort of vision for it involving "a lot of projection, a lot of computer-generated imagery, a lot of conveyor belts."
Palahniuk, however, mentioned it again a few months ago while doing press for Fight Club 2, a comic book that takes place a decade after the events of the book (which had a different ending from the film). It was then that Palahniuk said that Fincher was optioning the stage rights, working with Reznor and talking with Taymor.
When Palahniuk addressed the rock opera again at Comic-Con, he gave no real timeline, so we're not sure when (or if) it's going to happen. However, it if does, it's in the right hands. I am Jack's sense of dubious optimism.