The new version of Fight Club released in China changed the film’s ending, but author Chuck Palahniuk claims it is closer to the ending of his book and pointed out the irony when the US media alleges some kind of censorship while his books banned in many US institutions.
In an interview, the 59-year-old author of the original novel said that, unlike many fans of the film, he is not angry about the new ending for Fight Club:
The irony is that the Chinese changed the movie’s ending to align it almost exactly with the book’s ending, as opposed to Fincher’s ending, which was more visually impactful. So, in a way, the Chinese made the ending closer to the original.
In the original ending of David Fincher’s film, Edward Norton’s narrator kills his alter ego Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt) with a headshot. He then watches the bomb blasts that bring down several skyscrapers to the sound of The Pixies’ classic “Where is My Mind”, signaling the downfall of the global economy as the headquarters of international banks fall to rubble. In the Chinese version, the ending scenes were replaced with text
The police quickly figured out the whole plan and arrested all the criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding. After the trial, Tyler was sent to a psychiatric hospital for psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012.
The original ending of Palahniuk’s novel is ridiculously similar, although without the involvement of the authorities. The novel ends with Tyler disappearing from the narrator’s head and the bombs malfunctioning and not working. The narrator tries to shoot himself, but wakes up in a mental hospital, he believes he is in heaven, but two hospital employees who are part of the Mayhem project come to him and await Tyler’s return.