by Chuck Palahniuk
. The film was directed by David Fincher
and stars Edward Norton
, Brad Pitt
and Helena Bonham Carter
. Norton plays the unnamed protagonist, an "everyman
" who is discontented with his white-collar job
. He forms a "fight club" with soap maker Tyler Durden, played by Pitt, and becomes embroiled in a relationship with him and a dissolute woman, Marla Singer, played by Bonham Carter.
Palahniuk's novel was optioned by 20th Century Fox
producer Laura Ziskin
, who hired Jim Uhls
to write the film adaptation.
People are always asking me if I know Tyler Durden.
If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?
After fighting, everything else in your life got the volume turned down. You could deal with anything.
In the world I see -- you're stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. You will wear leather clothes that last you the rest of your life. You will climb the wrist thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower. You will see tiny figures pounding corn and laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of an abandoned superhighway.
It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.
You are not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake.