Category: Fight Club

David Fincher Opens His Personal Fight Club Archive – Exclusive

It’s been 20 years since David Fincher’s cult classic Fight Club first exploded onto screens. The film, based on Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel of the same name, repelled and excited audiences in equal measure when it was released, changing the optics of how political cinema could or should be – with the first worries of copycat rebels emerging from the gutters. Today, Fight Club boasts a loyal and fervent fanbase still full of praise, discomfort, conspiracy theories and fascination for the iconic relic of modern cinema.

Exclusively for Empire, David Fincher opened his personal photography archives in the 2020 Preview Issue, leafing through his memories on-set, and sharing insights on many of the film’s key ingredients – from the setting of Project Mayhem’s headquarters, to his stellar leading trio of Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter, to the mechanics of successfully shooting Edward Norton’s cheek off. Here’s a sneak preview of the feature, in which Fincher explains why the dynamic of his three stars, as the story’s mismatched trio of lonely and dangerous sociopaths, worked so well – with photos from Fincher’s own collection.

Fight Club archive material courtesy of David Fincher. Black and white photography by Merrick Morton. Special thanks to Ceán Chaffin and Andrea McKee.

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Chuck Palahniuk revives Fight Club’s Tyler Durden for short story

It’s not your imagination: Tyler Durden is back! The role Brad Pitt made iconic in Fight Club will return in a short story by author Chuck Palahniuk, whose book of the same name served as inspiration for the David Fincher-directed project.

According to Mashable, the Durden story is in Palahniuk’s forthcoming short story collection Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread—a title that also applies to Durden—that’s out May 26. A “precursor story” to Fight Club, “Expedition” is up in full on Mashable. So be sure to read ahead and spoil it for your friends, if only to relive the thrill of doing so with the original work back in the day.

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