Though she has occasional dalliances in the cinematic world — 2002’s “Frida” remains a highlight, though 2007’s “Across The Universe” has some fans — Julie Taymor is mostly thought of as a theater director. Her stage production of “The Lion King” is estimated to have been seen by over 45 million people, and she may be on her way to translating another pre-existing and already successful work to the stage.
According to a completely unexpected tweet by author Chuck Palahniuk, Taymor is “working with David Fincher on a ‘Fight Club’ rock opera.” Cruelly, Palahniuk doesn’t elaborate, leaving us to our unanswered questions. Presuming Fincher is actually involved, is it a fair assumption that the rock opera will closely mimic the aesthetic of his 1999 adaptation instead of Palahniuk’s novel? Taymor is not only a director in her own right but also a titan of the stage, so how/why exactly is she “working with” Fincher? Is the famously thorough director thinking about turning to the stage, following the likes of Steven Soderbergh or Danny Boyle? More importantly, who is writing the music?
Is there any way this won’t turn out like Taymor’s infamously disastrous production of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark?” And how, exactly, will the film/book’s famous twist ending be handled on the stage? There are so many questions to be answered, but we have to say, we are deeply intrigued to by the idea of “Fight Club: The Musical.” While we wait for more news on the surprise project, leave your predictions for the scenes likely to be turned into songs below.
Julie Taymor working with David Fincher on a FIGHT CLUB rock opera? You didn’t hear it from me. :) #SDCC
— Chuck Palahniuk (@chuckpalahniuk) July 12, 2015