The 1999 version of the movie fight club which was released in China has a drastically different ending than the American moviegoers. But Chuck Palahniuk, who wrote the novel the film was based on, isn’t crazy about it, according to to the Hollywood reporter†
In his Substack newsletter, Palahniuk discussed the ending of the Chinese version of the film, which was censored to remove a final scene in which the film’s anarchist anti-hero, Tyler Durden, sees buildings collapse that he bombed.
In place of the scene there is a screen that reads: ‘The police quickly got through the whole plan and arrested all the criminals, preventing the bomb from detonating. After the trial, Tyler was sent to an insane asylum where he received psychological treatment. He was released from the hospital in 2012.
“Tyler and the gang have all been arrested,” Palahniuk wrote in his newsletter. “He was tried and sentenced to a mental asylum. How amazing. I would have no idea! Justice always wins. Nothing ever exploded. Finn.”
in a interview Speaking to TMZ, Palahniuk said the Chinese version is actually more faithful to his book than the uncensored American one.
“The irony is that because of the way the Chinese have changed it, they’ve aligned the ending almost exactly with the end of the book,” said the novelist. “In a way, the Chinese kind of brought the movie back to the book.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.