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Portland's Chuck Palahniuk breaks first rule, talks Fight Club 2

PORTLAND, Ore. - Chuck Palahniuk is proud of his Pacific Northwest hometown.


"Portland has kinda got this Bloomsbury Group right now. Illustrators, writers, film makers and they're cross-pollinating. It's a very exciting time to be working with people who aren't writers," Palahniuk said.


Known for not giving many interviews, Palahniuk is stepping into the spotlight for a couple of big reasons.


It's been 15 years since his popularity and notoriety hit a fever pitch when his book "Fight Club" was turned into a cult movie.


A sequel is being released May 27; the highly anticipated 10-issue graphic novel "Fight Club 2" produced by local creators Dark Horse Comics.


"Most of my friends are in Portland. Anyone who makes it holds onto friends they had before, because you can't trust friends you've made after that point. I'm trying to hold onto my Portland friends as long as possible," he said.


One of those friends is local film maker Andy Mingo, who adapted Palahniuk's short story "Romance" to film.


Mingo will now take on fan-favorite "Lullaby" (arguably one of Palahniuk's most popular books) and turn it into a feature film.


"I've always imagined it as a movie," said Mingo, "There's a little bit of pressure, obviously I don't want to let Chuck down. And to make the best film that I can."


Production is roughly scheduled to start next summer with local production house Mind Pollen. Palahniuk may not have had a movie in mind when he wrote it, but many of his fans say it belongs on the silver screen.


"A lot of people have told me "Lullaby" is the first book I wrote in which the characters resonated as human beings. People felt sympathy and emotional involvement with characters," Palahniuk told KATU News.


No matter how many books or short stories Palahniuk has written, he says he doesn't mind what brought him his fame.


"You're an apprentice until you've produced something to buy your freedom, and "Fight Club" bought my freedom and will likely pay my bills for rest of my life. It's kind of gravy, and I have to be grateful for that."

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