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Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

This is just... weird.


I was at tonight's Chuck Palahniuk reading at the First Unitarian Church here in Portland, OR. During the Q & A, the author mentioned that various parties have met and are discussing the prospect of a BIG-BUDGET, BROADWAY MUSICAL BASED ON FIGHT CLUB. Palahniuk has given it his stamp of approval and David Fincher is somehow involved. He quoted a gleeful Fincher as saying, "Can you imagine people in New Jersey paying $120 to drive to the city and watch a musical about anarchy?"

I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else on the web so I thought you might be interested in this. As strange as this might sound, it's not so unusual that the movie/book/future video game would get a shot at the stage. Stephen King's Carrie enjoyed a brief run and that cats singing on rusty cars thing ran for, what, two decades?

Other highlights:

- Palahniuk read the 19th chapter from his next book, due in 2005. Parts of the book will be appearing in issues of Playboy later this year ala the short story "Guts." He asked that no one in the audience give away the plot so I'll just say that it involved a CPR dummy, two anatomically correct "Real Dolls" from the former Soviet Union, stuffed animals and several very naughty police detectives.

- On the subject of the Fight Club video game: "I don't own video games or watch tv. I don't know much about it. It's so easy to sign something and have them cut you a check."

- He bought 65 large flowers from an SE novelty shop and passed out a dozen or so to people who asked questions. Going along with theme, he also passed out stuffed animals.

- A highlight for me anyway. I had Palahniuk sign a book for my dad. I figured his travel guide, "Fugitives and Refugees" would make a "great" Father's Day gift seeing that it contains passages about protestors puking red, white and blue vomit all over the downtown Hilton in the '80s. I told him it was a gift and, being Chuck Palahniuk, he scribbled a crypitc message about prison rape. I guess I have to get ol' Dad something else now.

Anyway, I hope this stuff proves useful. I have crappy pictures of the event too.



Waitasecond... there’s a FIGHT CLUB video game?!


"Moriarty" out.

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  • June 18, 2004, 4:35 a.m. CST

    First... cool...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    What the hell? I don't think I could see it as a musical. But I guess it has his stamp of approval. I'd play the game too, but I don't think it'd be cool unless it was sort of Grand Theft Auto-ish maybe.

  • June 18, 2004, 4:46 a.m. CST

    They showed the game at this years' E3.

    by maniACK

    The Fight Club game is a 1-on-1 fighting game with (so far) O.K. graphics. I might give it a rent when it comes out. It's coming out for PS2, Xbox (Xbox, gag) and I believe for the Gamecube as well. Not positive on that Gamecube thing, though. As for the musical, I never thought I'd see the day that happened! Wow. I will definately have to check it out if I'm ever near it. Loved the movie! Go here if you want to see some shots for the PS2 version of the game:

  • June 18, 2004, 4:49 a.m. CST

    O.K. I just checked.

    by maniACK

    Fight Club is not coming out for the Gamecube. Sorry Nintendo fans. I feel your pain. Try not to lose to much sleep over it.

  • June 18, 2004, 4:57 a.m. CST

    I am Nick's disappointed liver.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Looks retarted. Can you imagine all the wonderous things they could do with a GTA style Fight Club game? You could be a lackey or something and run around fucking shit up and doing "homework." And in the downtime you could fight, to improve yourself, or earn shit or something. It could have been the greatest game in the history of the world. I guess I'll still have to check out the game though, as long as I can play with Robert Paulson. Cuz that's my name...

  • June 18, 2004, 5:17 a.m. CST

    I am Jack's Disappointment

    by AndrewWanKenobi

    Why would you make a video game about Fight Club? The film (My second favorite movie of all time) is not just about the fighting. And yet, the video game appears to be only about fighting. What about going on missions to destroy works of art, overpriced coffee houses? Where will the group therapy sessions with Meat Loaf come into play?_________But I shouldn't worry. I'm sure that the game's "fighting engine" will be truly advanced and NOT a button mashing POS that some game company is putting out there to ride on the movie's name recognition.______ I have a little less respect for Chuck for handing the Fight Club name to what will most likely be one of the worst video games based on a movie. Shame on you... and those of you stupid to by it!

  • June 18, 2004, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Fight Club the Video Game details..

    by Sith42

    The models are morphable, so when you beat up a player you physically see it reflect, and they get affected. Meaning, you'll see puffy eyes, broke noses, blood, etc. What I find funny is they didn't think it out too well. I mean, in the Jack vs Tyler stages, do you just end up kicking your ass and then the game ends? It'd be MUCH more interesting if they dabbled with the anarchy aspect to the book/film, but I'll still end up buying this one.

  • June 18, 2004, 11:30 a.m. CST

    I Am Jack's Aching Ass

    by MrMojo

    Seriously though, this musical should be tough, hip and modern-day cool -- sort of like that other homo-fest gangster musical "Westside Story." "When you're a Jack, you're a jack, you're a jack..." Oh yeah, great stuff. Not!

  • June 18, 2004, 12:05 p.m. CST

    all singing! all dancing!

    by durhay

  • June 18, 2004, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Fight Club has been on stage before

    by hellcatsagogo

    Not as a musical, which I think is as bad an idea as "Batman" the musical. I worked with a theater company in Arizone who did a stage version of "Fight Club", and it is even more intense on stage when you get blood splattered on the first row. So, Fight CLub on stage is a good idea, musical not so much. Though her name is Marla Singer... So...

  • June 18, 2004, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Fight Club the game

    by Veraxus

    At this years E3 I spent more time playing Fight Club than anything else (What? E3 gets lamer every year). I gotta say, it's pretty damn fun - and it looks great - at least for the Xbox. The PS2 version looks like a shit stain on a retards sweaty underwear, but whaddya expect - that's PS2 for ya. Blood, guts, bruising, swelling, broken bones, interactive environments - and you can create your own characters a la Fight Night. Hey, a *good* licensed game for a change.

  • June 18, 2004, 1:39 p.m. CST

    The 1st Rule of Fight Club is no one talks about fight club. The

    by Big Bad Clone

    I would so see this musical.

  • June 18, 2004, 1:58 p.m. CST

    You've gotta be kidding me.

    by maniACK

    The PS2 and Xbox versions of Fight Club look almost exactly the SAME! Just because you have your finger up Bill Gates ass doesn't give you the right to crap on the PS2 version of what should be a decent(hopefully) fighting game. People don't seem to want to admit that when a game comes out on both PS2 and Xbox they look virtually identical. If there appears sometimes to be a VERY SLIGHT improvement in the Xbox's graphics of a certain game it's usually because the Xbox supports HD TVs and can give out a higher resolution, but that doesn't mean the GRAPHICS are better. It means that you're looking at the SAME graphics at a higher resolution which does make a slight difference. The same goes for PC games. Compare Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for PC and PS2. The PC one APPEARS to have better graphics because it's on a PC monitor with a better screen resolution than your TV. It is not because they improved the graphics for the PC version. Now, I know that sometimes they do purposfully make the Xbox version of a game with a little better graphics but that RARELY, and I mean VERY RARELY, happens because game developers simply don't want to take the time to do it. It's not that important and it wastes their time. Think about it. Would you rather the developers add more missions, weapons, ways to kill somebody, etc. or would you rather they make the graphics somewhat better for your precious Xbox? I would hope you would pick substance over graphics because you can put a pretty pink ribbon on a heap of roadkill so that it looks nice, but that isn't going to make you want to play with it more. Improving graphics for the Xbox version of a game is not as frequent as Xbox fanboys make it sound, AT ALL. MAYBE one out of every 50 games that come out for both systems is specifically improved for the Xbox, and the Gamecube version (if there is one) usually matches the Xbox's graphics anyway. I bring this up because I work at a game store and being an employee, I can't argue with customers about which "whatever" is better than the other so I have to listen to the ignorant morons who blindly defend their Xboxs without ever even playing a PS2 or a Gamecube. Sometimes their right and a lot of the times their wrong. It's like Bill Gates said that the system specs for the 'box are the best and these people/zombies just said, "OK." And before you start spewing hate at me that I'm a PS2 or Gamecube fanboy and that I'm out to slam Microsoft just because I like something else, I own all three (PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube) and there are games on all three systems that I like and play. I just look at the facts and tell it like it is, and even though the fanboys of each of the systems bash each other all the time, Xbox owners seem to be the most vocal of the group. There are some Xboxers that I can hold a civil conversation with but for the most part they are arrogant assholes whose thought process includes, "Me wake up. Me eat food. Me take piss. Me hate PS2. Me go back to sleep." Get over yourselves Xbox owners. You're not that special.

  • June 18, 2004, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah.

    by maniACK

    That long post was directed toward scrivener, but if you share his views, feel free to direct it towards yourself as well. ;)

  • June 18, 2004, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Big Bad Clone has the quote of the day right there

    by Tall_Boy

    I think he should be the songwritter for the musical.

  • June 18, 2004, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by WTFMate

    And as he shifts off the mortal coil/ he regains his name as once before/ his NAAAAAAAAAAAME... is Robert Paulsen!

  • June 18, 2004, 3:24 p.m. CST



    "Jonathan Chase, master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man, and all the music inbetween."

  • June 18, 2004, 3:57 p.m. CST

    I've seen some early pictures of the game

    by 007-11

    It's a fighting game naturally. More of a novelty than a really good game I would think. It might have been sweet if they had made it like GTA where you alternate between being Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, simultaneously setting up fight clubs for the big blow up and then trying to stop it from happening. As for a musical, well I can't wait to hear a musical rendition of the "his name is Robert Paulson" scene.

  • June 18, 2004, 4:49 p.m. CST

    My God. I haven't sang like that since grade school.

    by JAGUART

    If you could sing like any celebrity, who would it be? *** Shatner, I'd sing like William Shatner.

  • June 18, 2004, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by adisaster22

    Isn't this the exact thing the novel spoke against? The creation of a "lifestyle" through over marketing? It smacks of this attitude that f you see a Fight Club musical instead of say, Wicked, you are cool and not another faceless drone. I'm a little disappoint in Chuck saying he's not even paying attention to how his work is marketed because that's how stuff like The Fight Club Swiffer will happen. I can see it now "You are not your fucking video game"

  • June 18, 2004, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Buy the Fight Club Original Sountrack, featuring such hits as..

    by JAGUART

    1. I Am Jack 2. Rubber Glove 3. Ikea Nesting Instinct 4. His Name Is Robert Paulsen 5. Testicular Cancer 6. Hit Me Hard 7. copy, of a copy, of a copy 8. Tyler Durden and The Paper Street Soap Company 9. Marla the Tourist 10. Fuck Martha Stewart 11. Single Serving Friend 12. Let's Talk About Fight Club! 13. chemical burn 14. Thanks, Lou 15.homework assignments 16. SPACE MONKEYS 17. destroying something beautiful 18. HUMAN SACRIFICES 19. "changeover" 20. I'm really ok 21. You met me at a very strange time in my life.

  • June 18, 2004, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by Darth Kal-El

    I agree with Maniack to a far as xbox and ps2 games that come out at the same time,yeah minor graphic improvements xbox wise but otherwise the same.if im at the store ill rent xbox first and if not avaialable ill go for the ps2.some of the games that are ONLY available on xbox tho make it a superior system in my mind than the ps2.and no not just halo.there have been great games like brute force and DOA and panzer dragoon orta that in my mind make the xbox stand out.also the online support is FAR better on the xbox than on the ps2 wich has a limited number of games with online support available,with socom 2 in my opinion being the for the gamecube,dont get me started-what happened to this gaming giant that used to be so cutting edge and brought so much fun into our lives?did we just get too old?i honestly think nintendo is behind the times and when the next gen consoles roll out in the next few years theyll go under and be reduced to software manufacturing like sega.but then again i dont know,there might be a thriving 5-11 year old actually susrpised that someone that works in a game store would prefer a ps2 as most of the people ive talked to at game stores LOVE the xbox and all its inovations.its not about loving microsoft or bill gates or whatever,its about a great product with solid games and great online support.

  • June 18, 2004, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Personally I'm waiting for Napoleon Dynamite the musical...

    by crackerfarmboy

    ....but perhpaps thats just me? NAPOLEON DYNAMITE NAPOLEON DYNAMITE NAPOLEON DYNAMITE NAPOLEON DYNAMITE NAPOLEON DYNAMITE NAPOLEON DYNAMITE NAPOLEON DYNAMITE NAPOLEON DYNAMITE! There, now would ND's film company please pay me the boatloads of money that they are currently paying Harry? So I'm not totally off-topic I'll say this: Fight Club: Good Movie, Bad Musical. Nuff Said. P.S. Napoleon Dynamite!

  • June 18, 2004, 10:28 p.m. CST

    if you havent seen . . .

    by jawaburger

    jesus christ, vampire hunter, the musical, you are missing out. yes its a real movie, with jesus christ. he sings, and kills vampires with his mexican wrestling friend

  • June 18, 2004, 11:06 p.m. CST

    maniACK (maniACK, GAG)

    by Krigan

    You fanboys kill me with your stupid system wars.

  • June 19, 2004, 12:51 a.m. CST

    The video game isn't a joke.

    by warp11

    I thought the Fight Club video game idea was just a joke or something. Did a little research and I guess it's not. I really liked the movie and the message behind it. A video game just seems so against what the movie was about. I mean maybe even making a movie based on the book was going too far, but a video game seems worse than making a movie.

  • June 19, 2004, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Tank you veddy much

    by Veraxus

    I saw the two versions side by side - I was *there* - there was a BIG difference. Reflective surfaces, sharper, higher resolution textures - more physical detail (polygons) on everything... the guys standing at the booth verified all of this. They use the same designs for the two versions of the game, and even share some assets - but they have to scale back everything for the PS2 to make it run. PS2s graphics are jaggy, grainy, undetailed, and just-plain-bad. Dreamcast had better looking games. At one point, I had all three systems. At the time it was pretty much a given considering I worked at a game shop - I've since gotten rid of everything but my XBox - which I almost never play (It's now a giant black feature-starved DVD player). As for PCs - yeah, they ALWAYS look better. Period. Even if they only had better textures, they still look better. It's a fact. Indebatable. Consoles are like the dumb man's game system - computers are game systems for the smart people (see: not you) - as the average consumer likes to buy the 'brand new' Compaq, then come bitch to the retail employee when the game dosnt work. The moral of this story: All consoles suck, but among the big 3, the PS2 sucks the most. It also breaks the most. And 'YAY FOR THE FIGHT CLUB MUSICAL!' Count me in on that.

  • June 19, 2004, 2:49 a.m. CST

    xbox, ps2, who gives a fuck really

    by blue7

    I only wanted a ps2 because GTA3 and Vice City were only on that system. Now it looks like Doom 3 will only be out on Xbox, so I might end up buying one as my computer is far too old and slow to run Doom 3. As for you quiffs that really think it matters which one you prefer, particularly you xbox ponces, remember that ps2 owners will be playing GTA San Andreas months before you will. At least it'll look 15-20% prettier when it finally makes it to your console. Whee!

  • June 19, 2004, 2:53 a.m. CST

    oh, and by the way

    by blue7

    Fight Club is a stupid book, written while on an airplane no doubt. Behold the clever writer who can take a pun and stretch it out into a couple hundred pages of overblown metaphor. Fight Club the movie is a similarly styled exhibition of ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag. Fincher did a good job with it, but enough already. It's deep as a puddle. Yeah, yeah, bitchtits, hardy har. The videogame looks like shit, and the musical would be even gayer than the book, movie and video game combined. And that's very, very gay.

  • Chuck struck a nerve with a lot of people with his film, who felt very strongly about the messages they interpreted from it. Now it looks like he's all about taking the money and running with it. The optimist in me says maybe this is some sort of a "The message is more important than the messenger lesson." The cynic in me says maybe Chucks been full of shit all along.

  • June 19, 2004, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Yeah that and the Video game make a whole heck of alot of sense

    by billofill1982

    Jesus Christ wasnt the message of Fight Club to be anti consumerismismismism?

  • June 19, 2004, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Makes sense considering how gay the movie is.

    by Some Dude

    And I don't mean the film is gay as in lame (although that is an apt description), but gay as in homoerotic. Naturally a musical is the next step.

  • June 19, 2004, 11:52 p.m. CST

    in defense of fight club the potential musical

    by acidflesh

    it seems to me some people are stereotyping musicals with preconcieved notions on what precisely a musical is. just as the world of literature has changed since the '50's, so has the world of theatre. you may think, oh musicals... that's like, music man and oklahoma right? well yes but no. people don't write shows like that anymore. actually, theatre is a lot like a book in the way that things can be convayed in unique ways. the song- what is the song for? the song is to express in music but can't simply be expressed in words or in looks... that what makes it such a expressive art form. it's like an album, it's like a book, it's like a movie, but it's all in one and it can reach out and touch you in ways you didn't know possible. so fight club, the musical? i'm so there. (for further info on musicals worth while, google "sweeny todd" and "assassins.")

  • June 19, 2004, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Oh and I liked Fight Cub better when it was called Tokyo Fist.

    by Some Dude

    Rip-off. Good special effects, though.

  • June 20, 2004, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I see a whole lot of people here breaking the first rule of Figh

    by Look At My Knees

    So fucking stop. I also see a lot of people who need to watch the movie again and rethink what the message is. So fucking do it.. before you end up becoming a REAL tool.

  • June 21, 2004, 1:16 p.m. CST

    PS2 graphics ARE worse than Xbox.

    by the Grobe

    Maniack, sorry to burst your bubble, but the PS2 is an inferior platform to the Xbox. I don't say that in a mean way... the fact is that it came out earlier and can't handle the same graphics the Xbox (or even Gamecube) can. Go rent Splinter Cell for all 3 platforms if you need visual proof of this. Not every game looks worse on the PS2... because sometimes they make the game for the lowest common denominator (PS2) and port it to the better platforms (Xbox, Gamecube and PC). Really, just go look at the specs that Sony publishes and compare them to Xbox and Gamecube specs. The PS2 simply can't handle the same amount of polygons or textures... which translates to not being able to handle graphics as well. It's a simple fact.

  • June 21, 2004, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Fight Club: the Game sucks ass

    by the Grobe

    I saw it at E3 in LA this year, and it was a horrible standard fighting game (ala Mortal Kombat) without the creativity. The characters looked nothing like the ones from the movie, in fact they were all buffed-up and muscular instead of the stringy skinny guys that were in the movie. This game is a stinking turd. What sucks is that the possibilities for this game were huge, and they had very little to do with fighting (fighting wasn't the main theme of this movie... anyone who thinks so missed the whole point). If this game was an RPG, you could play Jack and Tyler, using their skills to attract members to Fight Club, sending them on increasingly dangerous missions leading up to the destruction of the buildings and also the revelation that the 2 characters are actually one. Could have been so much better than a cheesy Street Fighter clone.