FIGHT CLUB by Jim Uhls
based on a novel by Chuck Palahnuik
SCREEN BLACK JACK (V.O.) People were always asking me, did I know Tyler Durden. FADE IN: INT. SOCIAL ROOM - TOP FLOOR OF HIGH RISE -- NIGHT
TYLER has one arm around Jack's shoulder; the other hand holds a HANDGUN with the barrel lodged in JACK'S MOUTH. Tyler is sitting in Jack's lap.
They are both sweating and disheveled, both around 30; Tyler is blond, handsome; and Jack, brunette, is appealing in a dry sort of way. Tyler looks at his watch. TYLER One minute. (looking out window) This is the beginning. We're at ground zero. Maybe you should say a few words, to mark the occasion. JACK ... i... ann....iinn.. ff....nnyin... JACK (V.O.) With a gun barrel between your teeth, you only speak in vowels. Jack tongues the barrel to the side of his mouth. JACK (still distorted) I can't think of anything. JACK (V.O.) With my tongue, I can feel the rifling in the barrel. For a second, I totally forgot about Tyler's whole controlled demolition thing and I wondered how clean this gun is. Tyler checks his watch. TYLER It's getting exciting now. JACK (V.O.) That old saying, how you always hurt the one you love, well, it works both way. Jack turns so that he can see down -- 31 STORIES. JACK (V.O.) We have front row seats for this Theater of Mass Destruction. The Demolitions Committee of Project Mayhem wrapped the foundation columns of ten buildings with blasting gelatin. In two minutes, primary charges will blow base charges, and those buildings will be reduced to smoldering rubble. I know this because Tyler knows this.
TYLER Look what we've accomplised. (checks watch) Thirty seconds. JACK (V.O.) Somehow, I realize all of this -- the gun, the bombs, the revolution -- is really about Marla Singer. PULL BACK from Jack's face. It's pressed against TWO LARGE BREASTS that belong to...BOB, 45, a moose of a man. Jack is engulfed by Bob in an intense embrace. Bob weeps openly. JACK (V.O.) Bob had bitch tits. PULL BACK to wide on... INT. CHURCH MEETING ROOM - NIGHT Men are paired off, hugging, talking in emotional tones. Near the door, a SIGN on a stand: "REMAINING MEN TOGETHER." JACK (V.O.) This was a support group for men with testicular cancer. The big moosie slobbering all over me was Bob. BOB We're still men. JACK We're men.
Men is what we are.
JACK (V.O.) Six months ago, Bob's testicles were removed. Then hormone therapy. He developed bitch tits because his testosterone was too high and his body upped the estrogen. That was where my head fit -- into his huge, sweating tits that hung enormous, the way we think of God's as big. BOB They're gonna have to open my pec's again to drain the fluid. Bob hugs tighter; then looks with empathy into Jack's eyes. BOB You cry now.
JACK (V. moving back and forth as the machine copies.DAY Jack. INT. We've got some "red-flags" to cover. Jack picks up his cup and his copies and leaves. INT. The IBM Stellar Sphere. sleepy.O.) When deep space exploration ramps up. Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy.) For six months.Jack looks at Bob. sipping. Starbucks cup in hand. and slides a stack of reports on Jack's desk.) It must've been Tuesday. JACK (V. BOSS I'm going to need you out-of-town a little more this week. Other people make copies. it will be corporations that name everything.
INT. His Starbucks cup sits on the lid. all with Starbucks cups.) Back up. JACK (V. JACK'S BEDROOM . The Philip Morris Galaxy. JACK (V. nothing is real.NIGHT Jack lies in bed. I could not sleep. Let me start earlier. Planet Starbucks. Jack looks up as a pudgy man. stares blankly at a Starbucks bag on the floor.
Wait.) With insomnia.SAME Jack. COPY ROOM . Jack's BOSS. he was wearing his "cornflower-blue" tie. JACK (V. Everything is far away.O. full of newspapers and FAST FOOD GARBAGE.O. JACK'S OFFICE . stands over a copy machine.O. staring at the ceiling. enters. JACK (listless management speak) You want me to de-prioritize my
Your itinerary.) Like the Johanneshov armchair in the Strinne green stripe pattern.ON PHOTO of COFFEETABLE SET. I had to have it.. PAN OVER next to armchair. JACK (into phone) Yes.O. PAN TO PHOTO of ARMCHAIR. Must've had his grande latte enema.current reports until you advise of a status upgrade? BOSS You need to make these your primary "action items. JACK (V...O.JACK'S CONDO .) He was full of pep. BATHROOM .. Jack hides a yawn. CORDLESS PHONE to his ear. Jack drops the open catalog on the floor.. INT." JACK (V..) If I saw something like clever coffee table sin the shape of a yin and yang.) Like everyone else. JACK (V. I'd like to order the Erika Pekkari slip covers. JACK (V. BOSS Here are your flight coupons..O. There's a stack of old Playboy magazines and other catalogs nearby. JACK (V.O. I had become a slave to the IKEA nesting instinct.NIGHT Jack sits on the toilet. MOVE IN ON CATALOG -. Call me from the road if there are any snags. LIVING ROOM/DINING AREA/KITCHEN The armchair APPEARS.O.. flips through an IKEA catalog... INT. pretends to listen.)
walks INTO FRAME and continues.) I would flip through catalogs and wonder. Jack. INT. proof they were crafted by the honest. I don't want Cobalt. INTERN You need to lighten up. Even the glass dishes with tiny bubbles and imperfections.) Even the Vild hall clock of galvanized steel. face pale. takes out a plate. JACK No. opens it and uses a butter knife to eat it. The clock APPEARS as the shelving unit APPEARS on the wall.O. It's practically empty. eyes puffy. sounds nice. JACK Maybe I died already. PAN OVER to wall. you can't die of insomnia. resting on the Klipsk shelving unit.DAY Jack.
Oh. JACK (V.) I had it all. who studies him with bemusement.. The lamps APPEAR.O.
Look at my
. Apricot. He rummages through the refrigerator. hard-working indigenous peoples of wherever.
JACK (V. the cordless phone still glued to his ear. A dining room set APPEARS.O. INTERN No. simple. "What kind of dining set defines me as a person?" We used to read pornography. that
Jack opens a cabinet. sits before an INTERN.Or the Rislampa wire lamps of environmentally-friendly unbleached paper. Now it was the Horchow Collection.. DOCTOR'S OFFICE . Jack takes out a jar of mustard. face. JACK (V.
including Bob.he's clearly dying.... FIRST METHODIST CHURCH . INT.O. The Intern moves into the other room. We never could agree on anything. lipstick-red Seconals. natural sleep. The SPEAKER has pale skin and sunken eyes -. lighten the mood. Chew valerian root and get some more exercise. INTERN (overlapping w/ above) You need healthy. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM . Mindy wanted two girls and one boy. wanted three kids.
INTERN (facetious) You want to see pain? Swing by First Methodist Tuesday nights.
SPEAKER Well.) Red-and-blue Tuinal. INT. EXT. SPEAKER I. who are all listening to a group member speak at a lectern. picks up a chart.
I'm in pain. happy to Jack stares after him. JACK They step into the. The Intern ushes Jack to the door. HALLWAY The Intern walks away from Jack. The Speaker cracks a sad smile. Some men chuckle.NIGHT Jack stares at a group of men. she had her first child a month
.JACK Can't you give me something? JACK (V.NIGHT Jack heads for the front door.. That's pain. Two boys and a girl. See the guys with testicular cancer.
leading him away. let's thank Thomas for sharing himself with us. I'm glad for her. Everyone gets out of their chairs and begins pairing-off. Jack.. You know that chest expansion program you see on TV? That was his idea. Jack squirms in his seat. JACK (V. invisible steps.) The big moosie. his chin down on his chest. LEADER It's time for the one-on-one. And. A LEADER takes the stand.. LEADER I look around this room and I see a lot of courage. with her new husband. We give each other strength. A couple of the men go up to the speaker. Knees together.. Jack watches. Many of the men are sniffling. WEEPS UNCONTROLLABLY. And it gives me strength. Let's follow Thomas's example and open ourselves. Bob takes Jack into an embrace. The speaker breaks down. sobbing. LEADER Can everyone find a partner? Bob. his eyes already shrink-wrapped in tears. because she deserves. LEADER Everyone.O. uncomfortable. a girl. Thomas.O. comforting him. Jack stands. uncomfortable. JACK (V.) Bob was a champion bodybuilder. Thank God. shuffling his feet.
.ago. Jack looks around.. joins EVERYONE ELSE: EVERYONE (in unison) Thank you. starts toward Jack.
O. Jack's eyes grow wet. his arms around Bob..) Strangers with this kind of honesty make me go a big rubbery one.. Bob raises up his head. BOB Go ahead. divorced. INT. After a long beat of crying. there's a WET MASK of Jack's face from how he looks weeping. JACK'S BEDROOM . They look at each other.it's for racehorses.. On Bob's chest.O. looks at Jack's NAMETAG.O..O. INT. Bob pulls Jack's head back into his chest. I was a juicer.O. OFFICE BUILDING BASEMENT . putting his head on Jack's shoulder and completely covering Jack's face.) I became addicted..dark and silent and complete. Now I'm bankrupt. Jack pulls away from Bob." INT.NIGHT Jack moves into a "group hug" of sickly people. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH . In view is a sign by the door "Free and Clear. JACK (V. JACK (V. Jack tightens
JACK (V. I was lost in oblivion -.
JACK (V.NIGHT Jack lies sound asleep. Losing all hope was freedom. men and women. then.
Slowly. Wisterol -. Cornelius. JACK (V.using steroids. my two grown kids won't return my calls. for Christsake.) I found freedom.NIGHT
.) Babies don't sleep this well.
You can cry. something happened. Bob breaks into sobbing.) Then.. Diabonol.BOB .
JACK (V.. I was the warm little center that the life of this world crowded around. people assumed the worst.And you open the door and you step inside. Now. INT..JACK'S IMAGINATION Jack walks along. Jack. LEADER . EYES CLOSED. moving through an ICE CAVERN.NIGHT Everyone. is silent..O.Jack stands with a weeping middle-aged WOMAN.. And you're going to find your power animal. healing you.. LEADER It moves over your body.) I wasn't really dying. we're going to open the green door -. That's right. LEADER'S VOICE That's right.. PUBLIC BUILDING CONFERENCE ROOM . including Jack. sits back in their seats.. CAVE . through the back door of the room. the pain itself is a ball of healing light.
. I cried harder. He begins to cry along with her. PENGUIN
Slide. eyes closed.O. LEADER Tonight. Keep this going and step forward. We're inside our hearts. Step forward into your cave.." JACK (V. The penguin looks at him.the heart chakra..) If I didn't say anything. They cried harder. Jack comes upon a PENGUIN. cocks his head to signal Jack forward. A sign by the door: "Onward and Upward. Where does it lead? To your cave. INT.. The Leader speaks into a microphone. You're going deeper into your cave. I wasn't host to cancer or parasites. imaging your pain as a white ball of healing light.
. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH . dumbfounded.The penguin jumps onto a patch of ICE and slides away.) Every evening I died and every evening I was born again.. MARLA SINGER enters. He
.. did not have testicular cancer.this was my vacation. FIND JACK'S FACE as he stares. listening intently while a member speaks.. Resurrected. dark eyes like a character from japanese animation. INT. STREET .) And. Jack spies on her.O. She's drinking coffee.. She was a liar.O.RESUMING Jack's still in an embrace with Bob. JACK (V. CUT BACK TO: INT.. chick .. Being there..O. JACK (V. raises a cigarette to her lips.) This . Marla Singer . right? Bob and Jack stare. she ruined everything.NIGHT Jack walks out a doorway. saying goodbye to people.. FIND MARLA'S FACE. ready to cry -. INT.LATER Everyone paired-off. MOVE THROUGH ROOM. JACK (V. She has short matte black hair and big. MOVE THROUGH ROOM. Marla looks around. EXT. JACK (V. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM .O. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM . walks down the sidewalk.) Bob loved me because he thought my testicles were removed too.. smoking a cigarette.. smoking. my face against his tits. shining with peace..NIGHT Marla sits with the group. MARLA This is cancer.
. Jack stares after Marla for a long moment. in underwear.) -. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH .O.. I had seen her at my melanoma Monday night group . She opens her eyes. He spots Marla walking away. smoking. is cross-legged on the floor. incredulous. All the faces down the row are turned toward her. catching Jack's stare.ANOTHER NIGHT Jack watches. CUT BACK TO: INT. JACK (V.NIGHT Marla sits at the end of a row. BEDROOM . assembling IKEA furniture.
Marla rests her chin on the man's shoulder.) She had no diseases at all. her head on the shoulder of the MAN she's embraced by.O." my blood parasites group Thursdays. and at "Free and Clear. once again.O. Jack leans out further than the others. JACK (V. JACK (V. reflected my lie. scornful.
Jack. JACK (V.) Marla -.O. Jack looks away. at "Seize The Day.the big tourist. CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL . So..JACK (V.
Tears roll down
Marla walks out. The support group's dispersing. I felt nothing. her cheeks...And.. I could not sleep.O.. INT. CORDLESS PHONE shouldered to his ear. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM .LATER
He walks away.) And suddenly. EXT. again. exits amongst them.. INT." my tuberculosis Friday night. I couldn't cry. Marla's eyes are closed. She wipes at them.
pulls out another card and. Yet they forced themselves to be positive. he reads it into the phone. They never said "parasite.Okay. MOS over the following.NIGHT Jack walks in and joins the crowd. LEADER Okay.) Next group. Jack catches sight of Marla. are chattering with each other. looking around. you liar.O. let me give you a different card number. INT. after we open our chakras. after guided meditation. JACK (V. when it's time to hug.NIGHT Jack. stares at Home Shopping Network on his TV. you're never really asleep and you're never really awake. MEETING ROOM .. I hadn't slept in four days.O. Chloe would like to say a few words." They always talked about getting better." they said "agent. in pajamas.) When you have insomnia. INT. I'm going to grab that little bitch..) -.NIGHT .JACK (into phone) No. in here. JACK (V. Get out. JACK (V. there's the squint of a five-day headache. pin her arms against her sides and say. need this.But.. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH . JACK Marla. Everyone sits in chairs. Marla Singer. Jack gets his wallet off the floor. you big tourist. INT. I just can't believe that card is declined -. LIVING ROOM .. everyone.JACK'S IMAGINATION CLOSE ON JACK as he CLAMPS his arms around Marla. in everyone. People
LEADER To open tonight's communion.O. okay.
LEADER Thank you.Taking the lectern is CHLOE. I'm so close to the end and all I want is to get laid for the last time.but I don't know for how long.. Everyone. and lubricants and amyl nitrate . That's as much certainty as anyone can give me. CHLOE But. I have pornographic movies in my apartment. LEADER
.. I'd name it Marla.) If I did have a tumor. Keep walking. I'm still here -. APPLAUSE from around the room. Marla. let's thank Chloe.O.LATER LEADER Now. Jack's face. The LEADER gingerly takes control of the microphone... You step inside your cave and you walk. INT. sickly girl whose skin stretches yellowish and tight over her bones. EVERYONE Thank you. Chloe.the little scratch on the roof of your mouth that would heal if only you could stop tonguing it.) Ahh. a pale. CHLOE Well. Chloe looked the way Joni Mitchell's skeleton would look if you made it smile and walk around a party being extra nice to everyone. Chloe. Chloe. is motionless. She clears her throat. I am in a pretty lonely place.O. JACK (V. but you can't. JACK (V..I no longer have any fear of death. but I've got some good news -. She wears a head bondage. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH .. eyes closed. No one will have sex with me. you're standing at the entrance to your cave.
Jack gives a quick nod to Chloe and darts towards Marla. Jack sees the ghastly spectre of Chloe ambling towards him. Chloe laughs.LATER Everyone stands and mills about.JACK'S IMAGINATION Jack finds Marla smoking a cigarette. INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH . pairing-off. watching her blow smoke rings with her eyes closed.RESUMING Jack's eyes open and turn to Marla.. You . indicating whe wants him to -MARLA Slide. JACK Hi. Someone heads for her. JACK Excuse me. Tayler.Now. CHLOE Hello. CAVE .O. Chloe's eyes are eerily bright with desperation.. find your power animal. off by herself. LEADER Pick someone special to you tonight. like a pirate. a sincere attempt at levity. Then he sees Marla.) I never gave my real name at support groups.
. a little too much.. Mr. Chloe watches him go. Jack. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH . look . Chloe. CHLOE We've never actually talked. INT. I have to. in Marla cocks her head. Jack squeezes out a laugh. He tries to smile. chokes out: JACK You look good... She smiles with a twisted. INT. dying mouth. JACK (V..
in the Sylvia Plath philosophy way. aren't dying. You're a faker. Mr. I saw you at melanoma.
. Marla puts her head down on Jack's shoulder as if she were crying... He whispers into her ear. ? (reads his nametag) ".
Go ahead. MARLA I'll expose you..
LEADER Share yourself completely. JACK Practicing what? MARLA Telling me off.STAY ON JACK AND MARLA as Jack CLAMPS his arms around her. Taylor. MARLA Sure.. MARLA
JACK Okay.. MARLA And I saw you practicing this. LEADER Tell the other person how you feel. we're all dying. Jack pulls her head back up. JACK We need to talk." JACK I'll expose you. But you're not dying the way Chloe is dying. Is it going as well as you hoped. JACK You're a tourist. tuberculosis and testicular cancer. She deadpans at him. JACK I'm on to you..
. Brief recognition between them.Instead of just waiting for their turn to speak..JACK Why are you doing this? MARLA It's cheaper than a movie. I've been coming for a year...
. JACK Yeah. I was here first. I don't know. when people think you're dying. instead. and there's free coffee. JACK These are my groups. they really listen.. then pulls back. LEADER Quietly. Share with each other. MARLA
Jack sighs.. now. I guess. MARLA -. LEADER Let yourself cry. JACK (warning) It becomes an addiction. MARLA Why do you do it? JACK I. Jack waits till the Leader's out of earshot. MARLA How'd you manage that?
JACK Anyone who might've noticed either died or recovered and never came back. broken as the Leader passes.
My smoking doesn't go over at all. ? Jack follows her.
JACK Can't we do something.CONTINUOUS Marla walks with authority up to an unwatched DRYER. the closing prayer. INT.JACK Look. MARLA I'll take the parasites. tuberculosis and -MARLA You take tuberculosis.
Marla starts out of the room.
Please. LAUNDROMAT . MARLA I don't know -. You still have your balls.. She takes out clothes. picks out jeans. I can't cry with a faker present.. CHURCH .am I? Jack follow Marla into.. JACK We'll split up the week. moving quickly along. You can have lymphoma. pants and shirts. JACK I think testicular cancer should be no contest. EXT. MARLA Candy-stripe a cancer ward. my problem.. JACK You're kidding. technically.CONTINUOUS Marla gets to the sidewalk. MARLA Well.NIGHT . I have more of a right to be there than you.
Now we each have three. begins writing on a pad... you have four and I only have two! JACK Then.CONTINUOUS Marla drops the pile of clothes on a counter. INT. JACK You're selling those? Marla steps down hard on Jack's foot. take blood parasites. JACK You can't have the whole brain! MARLA So far. oblivious as CARS screech to a halt. Marla walks on. I'm selling some chothes. EXT. Jack dashes. He winces in pain.
. Marla's led him into the street with traffic barreling down. following.. HONK! Jack starts.CONTINUOUS Jack follows.JACK You can't have both parasites. Marla gathers the chosen garments and heads out past Jack. SIDEWALK . HORNS BLARING. JACK You. left half your clothes. bewildered.
MARLA (for the Clerk to hear) Yes. An old CLERK sifts through the clothes.. THRIFT STORE .. It's yours.
JACK Okay.. can take blood parasites -MARLA I want brain parasites. I'll take blood parasites and organic brain dementia -MARLA I want that.
. You get it the first and third Sunday of the month. not looking back. JACK Let's not make a big thing out of it.. JACK Um. we each have three -. then he follows after.CONTINUOUS Jack hesitates. SIDEWALK . MARLA That's your favorite. Marla holds it. MARLA So... What about the seventh day? I want ascending bowel cancer. too? slip it by me.) The girl had done her homework.that's six. pocketing money. MARLA Looks like this is goodbye. They shake.. A moment. eh?
JACK We'll split it. unsure. MARLA How's this for not making a big thing? Jack watches her go. Jack tries to withdraw his hand. MARLA Deal. She walks to the door.O. The Clerk gives a strange look as he hands money to Marla. JACK I want ascending bowel cancer. should we maybe exchange numbers? MARLA Should we?
.The Clerk starts to ring up the assessed amounts.. JACK (V.
EXT. then run/walks to catch up to her. Marla.
DUSK The rear of a CRASHED CAR sticks up by the side of the road. The SUN SETS behind. Marla just shakes her head. the cabin BUMPS. MARLA It doesn't have your name. INT. writes his number on the back. Sir. INT. JACK (V.JACK In case we want to switch nights. AIRPLANE CABIN . She takes the pen. Jack stands. JACK (V. obscuring her. disoriented.NIGHT Jack stands at a gate counter. Who are you? Cornelius? Mr.O.
ATTENDANT Check-in for that flight doesn't begin for another two hours.
. Jack takes out a business card. marking on a clipboard.DAY The plane touches down. AIRPORT . AIRPLANE CABIN . hands it to her. and keeps moving. MARLA I suppose. Zaius? Any of the stupid names you give each night? Jack starts to answer. She walks into the street. holds up the card. JACK (V.O. INT. HIGHWAY .) You wake up at O'Hare. EXT. She turns. looking around. turns. Taylor? Dr. but the traffic noise is too loud. Jack's eyes open. An ATTENDANT smiles at him.) This is how I met Marla Singer.O.) You wake up at SeaTac. grabs his hand and writes her number on his palm. causing more SCREECHING and HONKING. A BUS moves into view.DAY Jack snaps awake again.
single pat of butter.) He
. As they have idle CONVERSATION. JACK (V. watches PEOPLE MOVING PAST on the opposite conveyor.NIGHT Jack brushes his teeth in the MIRROR. Central.) Microwave Cordon Bleu hobby kit. Lose an hour. This is your life. steps away and looks at an overhanging CLOCK. Mountain. AIRPLANE CABIN . INT.tiny life. AIRPLANE CABIN . could you wake up as a different person? Jack misses seeing TYLER on the opposite conveyor belt. INT.DAY Jack's eyes snap open as the plane LANDS.BATHROOM .NIGHT Jack sits next to a BUSINESSMAN.O.IN FLIGHT .O.O. They pass each other. HOTEL ROOM .O. JACK (V.Jack looks with blearing eyes at his watch. we MOVE IN ON Jack's tray.O. JACK (V. and it's ending one minute at a time.) If you wake up at a different time and in a different place. gain an hour.) Everywhere I travel -.) You wake up at Air Harbor International. INT. JACK (V. INT.) Pacific. Single-serving sugar. JACK (V. CUT TO: HANDS place a dinner tray down. AIRPORT WALKWAY Jack stands on a conveyor belt. briefcase at his feet. JACK (V.O. single-serving cream. An ATTENDANT'S HANDS set coffee down with a small container of cream.
Jack turns to look at his food.O. He turns back and it's. AIRPLANE CABIN . tiny bar of soap.. takes a bite. back.. but that's all we get.) On a long enough time line. Between take-off and landing. Jack sets down his briefcase. turns
--a BUSINESS WOMAN next to him. INT..O.. we have our time together.CONTINUOUS A giant corrugated METAL DOOR opens. AIRPLANE CABIN . INT." shows WAITERS serving people in a large BANQUET ROOM. the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.a small DINNER MINT. and it's.IN FLIGHT . talking. He
Jack takes another bite. WAREHOUSE .. wrapped Q-TIP. feels something on the bed. JACK (V. Jack picks up an individual. It's tuned to the "Sheraton Channel.) The people I meet on each flight -they're single-serving friends. lifts it -.. moves out of the bathroom into. They chat.LANDING Jack's eyes snap open. MAIN ROOM Jack sits on the bed.Shampoo/conditioner combo. JACK (V. turns back and it's. He turns on the TV. JACK (V.
. Jack stops brushing his teeth. opens it and starts to make notes on a CLIPBOARDED FORM..) You wake up at Logan. --a BUSINESSMAN next to him. Two TECHNICIANS lead Jack to the BURNT-OUT SHELL of a WRECKED AUTOMOBILE.NIGHT Jack sits next to a frumpy WOMAN. INT. Singleserving mouthwash..O. Jack takes another bite. --a BALD MAN next to him. looks at it.
JACK (V. It's a story problem. My job is to apply the formula. The rear differential locks up.) A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 miles per hour. you wouldn't believe..) The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. AIRPLANE CABIN . JACK (V.) Take the number of vehicles in the field.O. Now: do we initiate a recall? TECHNICIAN #1 The father must've been huge.O. TECHNICIAN #1 Here's where the infant went through the windshield. (B). A times B times C equals X. and multiply it by the probable rate of failure.O. Three points. (C).) I'm a recall coordinator.MOVING DOWN RUNWAY Jack is speaking to the BUSINESSWOMAN next to him. (A). CUT TO: INT. we don't do one.. then multiply the result by the average out-of-court settlement.
.JACK (V. See how the fat burnt into the driver's seat with his polyester shirt? Very "modern art. TECHNICIAN #2 The teenager's braces around the backseat ashtray would make a good "anti-smoking" ad. JACK If X is less than the cost of a recall.O. BUSISNESS WOMAN Are there a lot of these kinds of accidents? JACK Oh." JACK (V.
Jack turns to the window. same bland expression. Masks drop.. JACK (V.O.. Three.O. I prayed for a crash. People panic. Which. Jack remains in his same position. PELICAN get SUCKED into the TURBINE. VOICE There are three ways to make napalm. or a mid-air collision -. continues: Without turned to Jack. One. Magazines and other objects fly everywhere. JACK (V.
Turgid silence. car company do you work for? JACK
A major one. Nothing matters. Some passengers get out of their seats.
He sees a
JACK (V... equal parts gasoline and diet cola. Tyler
TYLER Two. not even bad breath.) Every time the plane banked too sharply on take-off or landing. mix equal parts of gasoline and frozen orange juice.) No more haircuts. Jack's face remains bland during the following: the plane BUCKLES -. Jack SNAPS AWAKE.) Life insurance pays off triple if you die on a business trip... EVERYTHING IS NORMAL.. dissolve kitty-litter in gasoline until the mixture is thick. a VOICE we've heard before. DING! -. From next to Jack.anything.BUSINESS WOMAN .O. Jack turns to see TYLER..the seatbelt light goes OUT. flying past the quivering wind. The side of the plane SHEARS OFF! Screaming PASSENGERS are sucked out into the night air.the cabin wobbles. JACK Pardon me?
supply oxygen? TYLER Oxygen gets you high. JACK (V. JACK What do you do. We accept our fate. we become euphoic and docile.. Blank faces -. Jack takes it. 600 miles per hour.. TYLER Emergency water landing. that's what you do. TYLER Suddenly. hands it to Jack. Tyler grabs a safety instruction CARD from the seatback. "Oh. In a catastrophic emergency. Tyler? TYLER What do you want me to do? JACK I mean -. Tyler points to passive faces on the drawn figures.
TYLER You know why they have oxygen masks on planes? JACK No. Tyler offers his hand. Jack laughs.calm as Hindu cows.O. TYLER Why? So you can say. we're taking giant.) This is how I met -TYLER Tyler Durden. panicked breaths.Tyler turns to Jack.for a living.And be a smug little shit about it?
one could blow up the world.
. you are by far the most interesting "single-serving" friend I've ever met. enjoying his own chance to be witty.
Jack looks at Tyler. Tyler stares back. self-contained-TYLER I get it. Jack points to his own briefcase.
JACK Tyler. With enough soap.
The spork. Tyler hands Jack his card. if one were so inclined. (reaches in his pocket) I make and sell soap. one would get nitroglycerin. Tyler SNAPS the briefcase shut. TYLER You have a kind of sick desperation in your laugh. leans closer to Tyler.."
TYLER If you were to add nitric acid to the soap-making process.the yardstick of civilization. clever. JACK You see. TYLER
Open it. JACK We have the same briefcase. Tyler reaches under the seat in front of him and lifts a BRIEFCASE. Jack stares. then pops the latches and raises the lid to reveal quaintly-wrapped bars of SOAP.Jack laughs.. Jack. Tyler turns the top of his briefcase toward Jack. "THE PAPER STREET SOAP COMPANY. when you travel. TYLER Soap -. everything is small.
) How I came to live with Tyler is: airlines have this policy about vibrating luggage. JACK (thrown) Well..
Keep it right up. looks towards the aisle.NIGHT Utterly empty of baggage.
Tyler stands. Modern bombs don't tick. Tyler goes to the curtain dividing First Class. great. But when a
. slaps the curtain aside and sits in an empty seat. his ass toward jack. As I squeeze past. holds a receiver to his ear from an official phone on the wall.. do I give you the ass or the crotch? Tyler moves to the aisle. No people except for Jack and a SECURITY TASK FORCE MAN. INT.Thank you. JACK "Throwers?"
SECURITY TFM Baggage handlers. BAGGAGE CLAIM AREA . walks away. JACK (V. The Security TFM.. Jack watches.O... TYLER How's that working out for you? JACK
TYLER Being clever. then. TYLER Keep it up. TYLER . uh.. TYLER We are defined by the choices we make. SECURITY TFM (to Jack) Throwers don't worry about ticking. smirking.
. Jack snatches it.suitcase vibrates. KABOOM! The suitcase explodes. looks at the Security TFM. Tyler leaps over the door into the driver's seat and PEELS OUT. hangs up.K. jack turns away."
.. red CONVERTIBLE. SECURITY TFM I'm terribly sorry.. SECURITY TFM You know the industry slang for "Flight Attendant?" "Air Mattress. yeah? (pause.." Jack sees. Tyler.Y. SECURITY PERSONNEL keep their distance.N. In the background. INT.. every once in a while . at the curb. We use the indefinite aricle: "A dildo. shirts. BAGGAGE CLAIM AREA . the throwers have to call the police.. throwing his briefcase into the back of a shiny. It's airline policy not to imply ownership in the event of a dildo. my D.K. JACK (to Security TFM) I had everything in that bag. EMPTY RUNWAY A lone SUITCASE sits on the concrete. it's an electric razor. JACK My suitcase was vibrating? SECURITY TFM Nine time out of ten. through the window. a HARRIED MAN dashes after Tyler and the convertible. EXT. disgusted. starts filling out the form. SCREAMING. shoes.RESUMING The Security TFM....it's a dildo. My C... (whispers) . The Security TFM hands Jack a claim form. still on phone) Oh. SECURITY TFM (into phone) Yeah.." Never "Your dildo. uh huh. But. shakes his head. takes out a pen.
.. INT.. CONDO BUILDING . Jack hesitates. EXT. FIRETRUCKS. EXT. Jack looks ahead. into the.MOVING .. grey. shakes his head.) Home was a condo on the fifteenth floor of a filing cabinet for widows and young professionals. gaping at the sight above him. STREET IN FRONT OF BUILDING Jack. Jack starts for the elevator. Jack presses the button. The doors close. A diffuse CLOUD of SMOKE wafts away from a BLOWNOUT SECTION of the fifteenth floor.Or when a volcanic blast of debris that used to be your furniture and personal effects blows out your floorto-ceiling windows and sails flaming into the night. The Doorman moves next to him. The walls were solid concrete. The taxi turns a corner and Jack sees the front of the building.. absently gives the Cabbie money. JACK (V.NIGHT Along a residential street. orders. LOBBY The DOORMAN sees Jack enter.
The elevator doors open.
DOORMAN You can't go into the unit.. gives a sad smile. TAXI . A foot of concrete is important when your nextdoor neighbor lets her hearing aid go and has to watch game shows at full volume.O.O. POLICE CARS and a MOB are all crowded around the lobby area. DOORMAN There's nothing up there. JACK (V.) -.. Jack heads out the lobby doors. He pushes through the fray of people. sees a tall. bland BUILDING on the corner. Jack starts toward the building. The taxi pulls away. The Doorman follows.INT.
Marla's number a long moment. He reaches down and takes a note: "MARLA --" and a phone number. He flips through the pages for phone numbers and addresses. puts in a quarter.JACK'S STOVE Hissing.Jack walks past SMOKING. EXT.
DOORMAN Lots of young people try to impress the world and buy too many things.O. a CLOCK FACE from the hall clock.. for days and days. part of an arm from the GREEN ARMCHAIR. from under a BANANA MAGNET.a flash of ORANGE from the Yang table. He looks at
CLOSE SHOT . digs out a small FILOFAX. letting out just a little bit of gas. JACK (V.O..JACK'S ENTIRE CONDO . PAYPHONE . CLOSE SHOT . EXT. The Doorman follows.
. Most of the pages are blank. watching him. He pockets Marla's number.) The gas could have slowly filled the condo.RESUMING Jack gets to a PAYPHONE.) How embarrassing. His feet CRUNCH glass. DOORMAN Many young people feel trapped and desperate. JACK (V.. DOORMAN Do you have somebody you can call? Jack comes to his REFRIGERATOR lying on its side.. JACK (V.O. Seventeen-hundred square feet with high ceilings. CHARRED DEBRIS -. PAYPHONE .KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM The SOUND of the HISS.) The police would later tell me that the pilot light might have gone out. Jack picks up the receiver.RESUMING Jack replaces the receiver.
TYLER'S VOICE Oh. JACK I just called a second ago. Jack stares at Tyler's card. Click. Jack sighs and hangs up the phone.. A moment... It RINGS.
JACK (V. We had the same briefcase. KABOOM! SCREEN GOES WHITE. the refrigerator's compressor could have clicked on. Tyler's BUSINESS CARD falls from the Filofax.O. TYLER'S VOICE
.INSERT .CLOSE ON THE BASE OF JACK'S REFRIGERATOR JACK (V. Jack catches it. I'm at a payphone.) If you asked me now. you end up with a lot you don't. The Doorman walks away. JACK Hello? TYLER'S VOICE Who's this? JACK Tyler? TYLER'S VOICE Who's this? JACK Uh. I'm. DOORMAN If you don't know what you want.RESUMING Jack looks at the Doorman. you know. There was no answer. dials Tyler's number. PAYPHONE . yeah..O. the clever guy.
EXT.. I couldn't tell you why I called him.. and RINGS and RINGS. We met on the plane..) Then. I'm sorry. then the phone RINGS.. Jack re-deposits the quarter.
TYLER I don't know. I've got the sofa issue handled. TYLER This is how we fill up our lives. LOU'S TAVERN . the right set of dishes.. it's a terrible tragedy. JACK
All gone.SAME Jack and Tyler sit in the back. JACK
.. What's up? JACK Well.I star-sixty-nined you. A woman could cut off your penis while you're asleep and toss it out the window of a moving car. JACK There's always that.
TYLER Could be worse. The right dinette. maybe I'm wrong.
Jack declines.. JACK You buy furniture. I never pick up my phone.
TYLER And. No matter what else happens.. now it's gone. LOU'S TAVERN . let me see. Then.NIGHT A small building in the middle of a concrete parking lot. here's the thing. JACK
I guess so. EXT.. Tyler lights a cigarette. INT.. Tyler offers cigarettes. You tell yourself: this is the last sofa I'll ever need. with a pitcher of BEER.
you've been delivered.. you gotta start making the list. think so." and "Fuchsia.no . the Euro-trash shelving unit. yeah. am I right? Jack laughs. TYLER This time maybe get a widescreen TV. neat little shit.
TYLER But maybe." They laugh together. JACK (toasts) Delivered from Swedish furniture.. silence. JACK I don't. Then.. drinks. you did lose a lot of nice. He shakes his head. They drink. nods.no . The trendy paper lamps. JACK Delivered from Martha Stewart. JACK
TYLER The "now I get to go out and buy the exact same stuff all over again" list. You'll be occupied for weeks. That list... TYLER Oh.
. just maybe..
JACK Insurance'll cover it. TYLER Delivered from bullshit colors like "Cobalt. TYLER Delivered from armchairs in obscure green stripe patterns.. TYLER I mean." "Ebony...
. they end up owning you. go find a hotel? JACK I don't follow. TYLER The things you own. Just ask me... it's late..
TYLER Why don't you cut the shit and ask if you can stay at my place? JACK Would that be a problem?
. I have to file a claim. TYLER We're on our third pitcher of beer.. TYLER
TYLER So. because you just wanted to have a drink before you. I should find a hotel. JACK
No. JACK (looks at watch) God. JACK
TYLER Do what you like.. JACK Huh? TYLER You called me so you could have a place to stay.JACK Well. I. you called me up.
) Let me tell you a little bit about Tyler Durden. JACK Tyler was a night person. In old theaters. JACK What? TYLER I want you to hit me as hard as you can. in the foreground. looking at individual FRAMES cut from movies. A movie doesn't come in one big reel.NIGHT Jack. TYLER You're welcome. In the BACKGROUND. He sometimes worked as a projectionist. it's on a few. FACES CAMERA.TYLER Is it a problem for you to ask? JACK Can I stay at your place? TYLER Yes. Tyler sits at a bench. a PROJECTOR rolls film. INT. But.And we see it's PORNOGRAPHY. Near him.O. JACK Thank you. you can. JACK (V. PROJECTIONIST ROOM .FILM FRAME -. Freeze picture.THEATRE . I want you to do me one favor. so someone has to change projectors at the exact
TYLER I want you to hit me as hard as you can. EXTREME CLOSE-UP . two projectors are used.
Her uncomfortable HUSBAND slowly leans back in his seat.
. JACK In reel three. looking at each other. big cock. TYLER One-forty-eighth of a second. and nobody in the audience has any idea.. But they did.. TYLER They're called "cigarette burns. Tyler points to the side of OUR FRAME and the TWO DOTS briefly APPEAR ONSCREEN. TYLER A nice.. feeling vaguely terrible." JACK It's called a "changeover. Sometimes you can see two dots on screen in the upper right hand corner. right after the courageous dog and the snooty cag -who have celebrity voices -. TYLER -. TYLER Why would anyone want this shitty job? JACK It affords him other interesting opportunities. In the AUDIENCE.. CHILDREN suddenly start squirming.eat out of a garbage can.Like splicing single frames from adult movies into family films.second when one reel ends and another reel begins. Jack and Tyler watch from the projection booth window. A WOMAN abruptly stops sucking her soda straw. there's the flash of Tyler's contribution.
JACK No one really knows that they've seen it. confused." The movie goes on. how long it's up there.
. setting down SOUP BOWLS.
The SOUND of a STREAM of LIQUID is HEARD. JACK Tyler also worked as a banquet waiter at the luxurious Pressman Hotel. His hands are at his open fly and he's in position to piss into the soup. standing by a CART with a giant SOUP TUREEN. SERVICE ELEVATOR . LARGE BANQUET HALL . PARKING LOT OF TAVERN . TYLER I don't know. TYLER I can't if you watch.. Oh.
Don't watch. Oh. TYLER (O.
JACK You get the idea. yeah. INT. and. JACK He was the guerrilla terrorist of the food service industry.
I want to find
.NIGHT Tyler moves around one of many tables. EXT.) Say it. with creme of mushroom soup. well. JACK I don't know about this. FACING CAMERA..S. JACK He farted on meringue. The GUESTS command the WAITERS with snaps of fingers. he sneezed on braised endive.NIGHT Jack turns and WE PAN to Tyler. Jack waits. Jack stands in the same position. either.RESUMING Tyler and Jack come out the back door.JACK Only a hummingbird could have caught Tyler at work.
Go ahead.. yeah. INT. TYLER .
have you? JACK That's a good thing.
TYLER But a good strange. TYLER Alright. clumsy roundhouse -. falls back against a car.
TYLER I don't want to die without any scars. go crazy. JACK This is crazy. His eyes tear up.
TYLER Why not you? I'm letting you go first.
Jack swings a wide.
JACK Where do you want it? TYLER
In the face?
I've never been hit.
Let 'er rip. How much can you really know about yourself if you've never been in a fight? Come on. That didn't count.. JACK Sorry.out.
Tyler shoots out a straight punch to Jack's chest. isn't it?
Shit.. you're the only person I've ever asked.
. TYLER How do you feel? JACK
Me? Jack stares at him.hits Tyler's neck -. Do it. TYLER That counted.makes a dull. flat sound.
who would you fight? JACK
Anyone.JACK Is it? TYLER We've crossed the threshold. Look away. CURBSIDE . Tyler Jack move clumsily. Jack thinks. drooling saliva and roundhouse that slams right under punches Jack in the stomach.. growing dizzier from every impact. TYLER If you could fight anyone. (pause) Who would you fight? TYLER No question. one on one. want to call it off? JACK Call what off? TYLER
The fight. blood. laugh.
EXT. watching sparse headlights on the nearby freeway. Tyler and throwing punches. They breathe heavier.
My dad. pussy.LATER Jack and Tyler sit on the curb. probably. Their eyes are glazed with endorphininduced serenity. They look at each other.
A long pause as Jack studies Tyler's face.
TYLER This fight. Jack swings another Tyler's ear.
JACK My boss.
.. whoever you wanted.
EXT. It's a grand. Get married. Tyler cracks a smile.NIGHT A street sign: "PAPER STREET." A PAPER MILL stis on one side.
TYLER A generation of men raised by women. give a sidelong glance to Jack. old three-story. Another pause.JACK Oh. (nodding) I didn't know my dad. had more kids. TYLER He was setting up franchises. facing a lone HOUSE on the other. "I don't know. Jack feels his bleeding lip. Well. till I was six. yeah. so it was really important that I go. I knew him. I called him and asked. The rest of the land is grass and weeds. My father never went to college. Tyler leads Jack toward it." When I turned twenty-five.
JACK We should do this again sometime. JACK I know that. new family. I called him long distance and asked. long abandoned. "Now what?" He said.new city. smiles. He went and married another woman." JACK
Same here. "Now what?" He said. PAPER STREET . JACK Where's your car? TYLER What car?
. I'm wondering if another woman is the answer we really need. Every six years or so he'd do it again -. TYLER After I graduated. "Get a job.
leaked. HOUSE .) Neither would have surprised me. FIVE GUYS stand around watching. PAPER ST.) The rusty plumbing on a light meant the house went out. HOUSE . Tyler and Jack FIGHT. makes coffee with a wire-mesh strainer. INT.NIGHT Tyler leads Jack through the FRONT DOOR.
. Tyler opens the door to a ROOM. his face showing NEW BRUISES AND CUTS.ENTRANCE -.O. wearing a flannel bathrobe. INT.LIVING ROOM .) It looked like it was waiting to be torn down.MORNING Jack turns on the water. I didn't know if he owned it or he was squatting.
JACK (V. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT . SHOWER ..NIGHT All the tavern's lights are off.) I don't know how Tyler found the house.MORNING Jack.O.O..MOMENT LATER Tyler and Jack climb CREAKY STAIRS to the 2ND FLOOR LANDING. He spears pieces of bread on a fork. HOUSE . The stairs were ready to collapse. Water spits in starts. PAPER ST.) None of the doors locked. INT.. INT. JACK (V. Tyler shuffles in.CONTINUOUS Jack enters.. ROOM . Dust drifts upwards.O. Most of the windows were boarded up.
INT. stis on the creaky BED.
JACK Nothing worked.KITCHEN . Turning another light in
(V. LOUD VIBRATIONS from the walls.O. JACK (V.
EXT.JACK (V. PAPER ST. but he'd been there for half a year.
Just warehouses and the paper mill. we had to kill the power.) The previous occupant had been a bit of a shut-in.DAY Jack sits on basement stairs. Rain DRIPS from the ceiling.) At night. INT. HOUSE . JACK (V. PAPER ST.NIGHT Jack sits watching as Tyler SWINGS an old GOLF CLUB -THWACK -. the hamster cage smell of wood chips.O. I didn't mind the warm.O. JACK (V. knee-deep in water.starts roasting them over a burner. flipping breakers in a certain order.O. who FIGHT. THOUSANDS of MAGAZINES. JACK (V. TYLER (of magazine)
Hum. Tyler and I were alone for half a mile in every direction. Tyler and Jack are seated across from each other on the buckled floor. works at an open FUSEBOX.O. reading MAGAZINES. JACK (V. I didn't care about TV. By the end of the first month. watching as Tyler. TEN GUYS YELL. BASEMENT .NIGHT All the lights are off.
.) When it rained.) There were no neighbors. stale refrigerator. EXT.NIGHT CANDLES BURN. READING ROOM . INT.sends a golf ball soaring down the desolate street. No furniture. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT . EXT. showing Jack how it's done. THREE CARS are parked in the lot. standing around Jack and Tyler. The fart smell of steam.
"Without me. I should have been looking for a new condo.) I should have been haggling with my insurance company.. He stops." Tyler tosses his article in a pile of other articles.. neat. and I kill Joe. 3000 foot-candle flashblasts and simultaneous high-velocity disbursement of.blah.the successful combination of concussive.
Show-off. blah. JACK (V. STREET . a new riot control grenade. amongst them...) . blah.. JACK What are you reading? TYLER Soldier of Fortune. (reading) ".Oh. JACK
Business Week. smoking.." It's written in first person. chooses another magazine.O. Joe could not take in oxygen to feed his red blood cells."I am Joe's Prostate. Jack and Tyler stand amidst FIFTEEN GUYS around TWO GUYS FIGHTING..NIGHT Jack walks along.
.. JACK (V..." Tyler begins RIPPING the ARTICLE from his magazine. JACK ("Reader's Digest") "I am Joe's Lungs.
EXT. The crowd YELLS MORE WILDLY than before.. looking at a CHURCH with SUPPORT-GROUP-PEOPLE milling around the entrance.. I should have been upset about my nice.NIGHT All the lights are off." TYLER "I get cancer. Marla's there." There's a whole series -. drinking coffee and sodas. In the background are EIGHT PARKED CARS.O. EXT. New Republic.. flaming little shit. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT .
comes to have Jack straighten his tie. BOSS Can I get the icon in cornflower blue? WALTER
Absolutely. more and more. we were finding something out: we were finding out. in waiter's uniform. run by a chipper salesman. INT. picks up a saucepan with coffee and sips. we were Ozzie and Harriet.
.NIGHT All the lights are off.MORNING Jack.O.
He continues to walk.. JACK (V. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT . Tyler.DAY A SLIDE SHOW progresses. Walter's next SLIDE: a
WALTER The basic premise of cyber-netting your office is -.) But. KITCHEN .
JACK (V.O..O.) But I wasn't. all I could do was think about next week. but there are at least TWENTY-FIVE CARS parked in the full lot.O..) Most of the week. with a PUFFY LIP and a BRUISED cheek. in work clothes. JACK (V. Jack sits.make things more efficient. interlocks his fingers and POPS his knuckles. COMPUTER SCREEN.) . ever Wednesday night. deadpan. that we were not alone. Jack picks up his briefcase and walks out the door.. INT. CONFERENCE ROOM .Jack's face shows no reaction. Wednesday night. EXT. JACK (V. No one around. WALTER. JACK (V. Boss gives Jack a dubious look.O.) Thursday mornings.
eerily in the dim light. CARS PULL UP and park in the already-packed lot. his sales pitch drowned out by Jack's V. HEADLIGHTS appear from all directions. His candy-ass wouldn't last a second Wednesday night. including Jack and Tyler. LOU'S TAVERN . EXT.O.) Screw Walter.) You can swallow a pint of blood before you get sick. INT. YOUNG MEN get out and march into the tavern. LOU'S TAVERN . You liked it. They plop down money. Maybe he was thinking about the freerange potluck he'd been to last weekend.) It was right in everyone's face.NIGHT Out of silent darkness.O. leaving. Irvine flicks on the LIGHTS. calls out: IRVINE Drink up people. WALTER Jesus. with his smooth.SAME The men. IRVINE.) Walter.O. JACK (V. probably not.Walter continues. the Microsoft account exec.O. or his church-group car-wash fund-raiser. Walter moves to Jack and slaps him in the shoulder. waiting.O. We're closing. I'd hate to see what happened to the other guy.. Or. His teeth are RED with BLOOD. WALTER I showed this already to my man here. Jack keeps the smile frozen on his face. soft hands. JACK (V.: JACK (V. JACK (V. The bartender. Drunken customers squint and get the message. They GLOW
. didn't you? Jack smiles. enter and stand against the back wall. Walter..
The third rule of fight club is -. TAVERN BASEMENT . A short guy. PEAKING CHATTER.if this is your first night at fight club. FEET SHUFFLING. CHATTER gets LOUDER. Concrete walls.when someone says "stop" or goes limp. Tyler and I just gave it a name. JACK (V.no shirts.Tyler and I just made it visible. INT. JACK (V.O.supply clerk -couldn't remember whether you ordered pens with blue ink or black ink .. no shoes.. Everyone spreads out.) Every week. Everyone brims with eagerness. forming a circle.O. And the eighth and final rule -.) This kid. the fight is over.O. standing directly beneath it. Irvine hits a button and the JUKEBOX loses power. Seventh rule -.fights go on as long as they have to. then. SILENCE. but tries to act cool. till Tyler raises his arms and the CHATTER DIES. Two other guys close the blinds. Tyler at center. Tyler
. Fifth rule -. RICKY.you don't talk about fight club. Members of the waiting army begins to share secret looks. Finally. Tyler steps back. One BARE BULB above. Sixth rule -.SAME A BOMB-SHELTER. Fourth rule is -only two guys to a fight. TYLER Welcome to fight club.one fight at a time. Tyler gave the rules that he and I decided. The second rule of fight club is -. finding partners. JACK (V. TYLER The first rule of fight club is -you don't talk about fight club. Ricky -. The guys mill around. you have to fight. one buy locks the door. and a GOATEED MAN take off shirts and shoes and step to the center.) It was on the tip of everyone's tongue. A couple of COUGHS.
The two fighters circle, then begin throwing PUNCHES... JACK (V.O.) But Ricky was a god for ten minutes last week when he trounced an actuary twice his size. Harder, faster PUNCHES between the two. SWEAT flies. SHOUTS become DEAFENING. Ricky's getting the best of Goateed Man, POUNDING him... JACK (V.O.) Sometimes all you could hear were flat, hard packing sounds over the yelling, or the wet choke when someone caught their breath and sprayed... GOATEED MAN (spittle-lipped) Ssssstop... ! INT. OFFICE PARK RESTAURANT - DAY Jack, eating lunch, watches the BROKEN-NOSED WAITER with a GOATEE -- from the above fight -- converse with a MAITRE D'. JACK (V.O.) Even if I could tell someone they had a good fight, I wouldn't be talking to the same man. The Goateed Waiter approaches Jack and sets a refill soda down on the table. The two of them briefly make eye contact. JACK (V.O.) Who you were in fight club is not who you were in the rest of the world. INT. PHOTOCOPY ROOM - DAY Jack stands over a copy machine, hit by flashes of light. He glances over his shoulder, watches Ricky, wearing an apron, push a supply cart. Ricks nods at Jack. JACK (V.O.) You weren't alive anywhere like you were there. But fight club only exists in the hours between when fight club starts and when fight club ends. INT. JACK'S OFFICE - DAY
Jack, playing SOLITAIRE on his computer, daubs blood from his mouth with a handkerchief. Boss, passing by the doorway, looks in at Jack, irritated. BOSS What are you getting yourself into every week? Jack keeps playing Solitaire. Boss enters, folds his arms.
JACK (V.O.) After fight club, everything else in your life gets the volume turned down. You can deal with anything. BOSS Have you finished those reports? JACK (handing him reports) Yes. JACK (V.O.) The people who had power over you have less and less. Jack looks at Boss. his teeth. Reflexively, Jack's tongue plays with
JACK (V.O.) By this point, I could wiggle most of the teeth in my jaw. EXT. STREET - DUSK Tyler and Jack walk, both smoking cigarettes. JACK (V.O.) A guy came to fight club for the first time, his ass was a wad of cookie dough. After a few weeks, he was carved out of wood. JACK If you could fight any celebrity? TYLER Alive or dead? JACK Doesn't matter. TYLER
You? JACK William Shatner.
They reach a BUS STOP as a BUS arrives, tossing their cigarettes, getting on board... INT. BUS - DUSK The bus is crowded. As Tyler and Jack walk toward the back, Jack studies the faces of OTHER PASSENGERS... JACK (V.O.) We all started seeing things differently. Wherever we went. They hold hand grips. Jack looks up at an ADVERTISEMENT; a CALVIN KLEIN ad featuring a tan, bare-chested MUSCLE STUD. JACK (V.O.) I felt sorry for all the guys packing into gyms, trying to look like what Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger said they should. Tyler looks at Jack, looks at the C.K. advertisement. TYLER Self-improvement is masturbation. Self-destruction is the answer. A MAN in a suit KNOCKS Tyler's shoulder as he passes. The Man takes a handle, close by. Jack's pissed, staring at the man, who stares back. JACK (to Tyler, so the Man can hear) You could take him. Tyler looks to Jack, glances over his shoulder at the Man. Tyler casually picks a small scab off Jack's nostril. TYLER The trick is not to care. Tyler stares forward. INT. TAVERN BASEMENT - NIGHT Tyler HITS the floor, stomach first. HIS OPPONENT lands on top of him, grappling, trying for a CHOKE HOLD. The
It wasn't about words.) They hysterical shouting was in tongues... gets on top.. throws a headlock on Jack. They turn their attention to the floor.. to a BLOOD MASK of Jack's face -similar to the TEAR MASK on BOB'S SHIRT. like at a Pentecostal church.O. The crowd CHEERS maniacally. JACK (V. Tyler turns -. watching appreciatively. The Opponent recovers. OPPONENT How about next week? JACK How about next month?
Look at me. JACK (V. Tyler and the Opponent wrestle desperately. Jack catches sight of a swollen-faced Tyler.. Tiny spatters of BLOOD adorn the walls.) Fight club wasn't about winning or losing. Everyone moves in as the Opponent steps away. along with sweat. Others lift Jack up. Jack snakes his arm into a counter headlock.) When the fight was over.
. The Opponent SMASHES Jack's head to the floor. TYLER Cool. stop. a smile growing slowly on his face..surrounding CROWD. CUT TO: Jack lands a couple of BLOWS to HIS OPPONENT'S stomach -brings up a left uppercut that smashes the Opponent's jaw. They wrestle like wild animals.
JACK (V. Tyler pushes through the crowd. sprawling to pin him. nothing was solved. SCREAMS at them. Onlookers kneel to stay with the fight. cheering LOUDER. but nothing mattered. over and over.. Jack included.. Jack limply shakes his Opponent's hand.starts reining PUNCHES into the Opponent's GROIN.O. JACK
.O. and Tyler flips his attacker.
JACK (V. done. INT.) Sometimes Tyler spoke for me. TYLER Any historical figure.NIGHT A NURSE tends to Jack while Tyler watches. even the Mona Lisa's falling apart. JACK Okay. we all felt saved. JACK I fell down some stairs.
He's sweating. PAPER ST.) Fight club became the reason to cut your hair short and trim your fingernails. Tyler's clipping at his hair with blunt. Tyler puts scissors down. Big reach. Skinny guys fight till they're burger. pulls -.BATHROOM . INT.
JACK (V. Jack reaches in his mouth.O. TYLER Remember. TYLER He fell down some stairs.
.yanks a TOOTH.Everyone helps Jack walk. spitting out pink foam.MORNING Tyler and Jack share the cracked MIRROR. smiling. TYLER Good answer.. HOUSE . bleeding.) Afterwards. Jack's brushing his teeth.. just keeps tending to Jack. Jack looks at it. exploring. Ghandi.O.O. JACK You? TYLER Abe Lincoln. ill-suited SCISSORS. The Nurse doesn't look at Tyler. JACK (V. HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM .
doing sit-ups.. HALLWAY . JACK The PHONE RINGS.SAME Marla's in the HALL. MARLA Where have you been the last few weeks? JACK Marla? Jack looks through the archway and sees Tyler. in his gummy flannel bathrobe. INT. on the PAYPHONE. MARLA'S BUILDING. twisting the phone cord around her neck.we split them. JACK That's the idea -.
Hello? INTERCUT WITH. I haven't seen you at any support groups.Jack drops the tooth in the sink with Tyler's hair.. PAPER ST.LATE AFTERNOON Jack enters. JACK (quietly) How did you find me? MARLA The forwarding number. MARLA You haven't been going to yours. HOUSE .KITCHEN . cups the phone. MARLA Like testicular cancer?
. MARLA Really? JACK It's for men.
INT. Jack leans. buttoning his shirt. JACK I found a new one.
JACK (V. Bodies hit the FLOOR. JACK (V. INT..O. Sheets RIP.. I took what was left of a bottle.) This could go on for hours.O. walks out the back door. curious. BEDROOM . this is a bad time.JACK Look. Insane GRUNTING and
. This is probably one of those cry-forhelp things. MARLA This isn't a for-real suicide thing.) Picture yourself watching Marla Singer throw herself around her crummy apartment. ARMS. ASSES. I got a stomach full of Xanax. MARLA Me too. MARLA I've been going to debtor's anonymous. JACK So you're staying in tonight? MARLA Do you want to wait to hear me describe death? Jack puts the handset on top of the phone. BREASTS.. still off the hook. all DRENCHED in SWEAT. turns TO LOOK INTO THE CAMERA. Jack looks exasperated. You want to see some truly fucked up people? JACK I'm just on my way out. Might've been too much. Glimpses of TORSOS.. and FEMALE HAIR. MARLA'S VOICE Do you want to listen and see if my spirit can use the telephone? Thru the archway: Tyler leans to look in.LATE NIGHT GRUNTS of PLEASURE and EXERTION. LEGS.
JACK You're not going to believe what I dreamt last night.) Tyler's door was closed. then drops the cup in the sink.LAUGHING. 2ND FLOOR LANDING Jack steps out of his room. CUT TO:
.SAME Jack stares into the TOILER. Marla walks in. sips coffee. INT. looks around the room. ?
JACK What the hell are you doing here? Marla stares at him a beat. looks like she's been raped by a hurricane. BATHROOM .
JACK (V. Jack's jaw drops. straightening her dress.. INT. looking at SIX USED CONDOMS. Marla goes to pour coffee. He hears FOOTSTEPS approaching. KITCHEN . read Reader's Digest.MORNING Jack sits at the table. and Tyler's door was never closed. INT.O.
A flash of MARLA'S FACE. MARLA I can hardly believe anything about last night.SUNRISE Jack sits up in bed. GARGLES and SPITS it in the sink. She takes a swig.. She gives Jack a lascivious smile. I'd been living here two months. The neighboring door is closed. JACK What are you doing here? MARLA
What. JACK'S BEDROOM .
off all people. TYLER She's a piece of work. Marla shoves open the door to the backyard and walks out.. He's in his usual sweatpants.LATE AFTERNOON (FLASHBACK) Tyler enters. INT. the phone's off the hook. MARLA'S ROOM . Her drugged TYLER'S
. JACK (V. Before he can knock. slumps at the table and picks up Reader's Digest. does stretching exercises.8TH FLOOR LANDING . Marla's hand shoots out and grabs him.CONTINUOUS (FLASHBACK) Marla pulls Tyler inside and shuts the door. a wry smile on his face. eyes look him over.Fuck you. Jack.O. KITCHEN . ambles up the stiars.LATE AFTERNOON (FLASHBACK) Tyler. Jack turns and -.. Tyler puts his foot on a countertop. VOICE FADES.) I already knew the story before he told it to me.) How could Tyler. gently lifts the handset and listens. MARLA You got here fast.. MARLA'S . JACK (V. pours himself coffee. smoldering. looking at the rotting walls. think it was a bad thing that Marla Singer was about to die? INT. MARLA'S VOICE (from handset) I'll tell you when I'm floating out of my body. Get this -I come in here last night. watches her stomp away.. then moves away.Tyler is at his shoulder. He grins at Jack.. staring after Marla. Jack gets up. quickly glances at Tyler.. He reaches the top of the stairs and heads for Marla's room.O. Tyler smiles. INT. Jack pretends to read.
SIRENS and vehicles SCREECHING outside can be HEARD. along with the blanket and sheets. no!
She gets to her feet.. but she's lost faith in herself. Marla follows his gaze. then pulls Tyler toward the STAIRCASE. HALLWAY (FLASHBACK) Marla LOCKS her door. Marla and Tyler flatten against the wall to let them pass. heading down the stairs. COP Miss Singer. looks at a DILDO lying atop a dresser. let us help you! have every reason to live!
Marla yanks Tyler's arm. COP Where's 8-G?
MARLA (pointing) End of the hall. INT. MARLA It's not a threat to you. MARLA (calling after) The girl who lives there used to be a charming. She slides off.. to the floor. MARLA Did I call you? Tyler studies her with cynical curiosity.
. MARLA Somebody called the cops. COPS and PARAMEDICS charge up with oxygen and medical kits. pulls him out the door.
Don't worry.She staggers and sits on the bed. MARLA The mattresses are all sealed in slippery plastic.
Oh. She tries to focus her eyes on Tyler. grabs Tyler. doors opening and SLAMMING. The rescuers keep running... running FOOTFALLS.
TYLER'S ROOM . This chick was up on the table with her legs in the stirrups before the doctor even walked in the room.MARLA She's a monster! Infectious human waste! Good luck trying to save her! INT. TYLER I mean. TYLER Unbelievable...O. I'm done for.O.
No.) I am Jack's Raging Bile Duct.NIGHT (FLASHBACK)
. KITCHEN .NIGHT (FLASHBACK) Tyler makes coffee. Tyler stands across from Jack. uh. Tyler lights his cigarette. Marla slouches against the refrigerator. INT.
JACK (V..MORNING (RESUMING) Tyler chuckles. ? JACK Not at all. shakes his head. I've never heard a woman talk like that. TYLER You're sure? JACK Yeah. I'm sure. You're gonna have to keep me up all night. INT. The things that she said. gets a cigarette from a pack.. you're not into her or anything.
MARLA If I fall asleep.. KITCHEN . TYLER Good.... this girl. huh? JACK (V.) He was obviously able to handle it.
This isn't love.
JACK Oh.. studies Jack's face.Tyler smokes.
TYLER She needs an exorcist.) How could Tyler not go for that? Night before last. JACK Marla doesn't need a lover. KITCHEN . TYLER
. JACK (V.
Marla puts her lips to his ear. he was splicing sex organs into "Little Mermaid. and my pace is more librarians.O. post-coital. away from that one. now she's invading my home.) Put a gun to my head and paint the wall with my brains. JACK (V.. needs a case worker. This is sport-fucking.) She'd invaded my support groups.O. TYLER You're okay with this? JACK I'm fine.O. twisted bitch. don't knock librarians. TYLER Hey." Tyler sits. INT. TYLER She is a wild.
MARLA (whispering) I want to have your abortion. JACK (V. shakes his head. Tyler smokes. Jack's gripping his Reader's Digest just a little too tight.MORNING (RESUMING) Tyler laughs.
Ever. Jack puts down his Reader's Digest and moves to that chair. okay? Don't ever talk to her about me.. but firm stare. TYLER
JACK I said I promise! TYLER That was three times you promised. JACK Yes.O.NIGHT Jack watches TV at HIGH VOLUME. JACK
Okay.Listen. SOUNDS of SEX from upstairs. Tyler pulls out a closer chair.. gets up and leaves. Jack sits smoldering. And you'll never see me again. LIVING ROOM ..
.) If only I had wasted a couple of minutes and gone to watch Marla die..
JACK (V. Tyler smiles. Tyler fixes Jack with a friendly.. I have a little rule. TYLER If you ever say anything about me or about what happens here in this house.I will find out. JACK What? TYLER You've gotta understand something about me.. motions to it. INT.
TYLER Promise you won't. to her or anyone -. none of this would have happened. do me a favor. I promise. I can't stand that kind of shit. sit here a minute. Promise me.
MARLA'S VOICE (muffled through wall) Miserable fucking discharge! JACK (V. nah.NIGHT SOUNDS of RAIN. stands CLOSE TO CAMERA.O.. 2ND FLOOR LANDING . HEARS Marla SCREAM in orgasm.O. then walks upstairs. Marla's legs are sprawled on the bed.. uh. Sounds
INT..INT. JACK'S BEDROOM .) I became the calm. INT. But I didn't. one on the third floor -. staring at the ceiling. He reaches the landing. TYLER What are you doing? Jack steps back... BASEMENT . BATHROOM . INT. I was the Zen master. The door PUSHES OPEN WIDER -.
. Tyler scratches his head..SAME Jack walks. little center of the world. Tyler's door is ajar..
Jack continues toward his room.. JACK I... of THUMPS and CRASHES from beyond the wall. wears a RUBBER GLOVE.NIGHT Jack brushes his teeth. Jack peeks in. naked.Tyler. JACK (V. just going to bed.so I wouldn't have heard them. TYLER You want to finish her off? JACK
Uh. Jack flips FUSES off.NIGHT Jack lies calmly on his bed.) I could've moved to another room.
give up He presses
.O. looks like a war casualty.O.DAY Jack's clothes are PERMANENTLY STAINED with BLOOD. HALLWAY .COMPUTER MONITOR Haiku is BEING TYPED in a trendy. His face is totally passive.CLOSE UP .O. Yes. Boss enters. JACK (V. this key over and over. I'm comfortable with them.) I got right in everyone's hostile little face. cigarette in mouth. He sits in Zen pose. finishes typing Haiku. JACK (V. italicized font. INT. these are bruises from fighting. BOSS Is that your blood? JACK Some of it. Boss stares at Jack like he's from Mars. "Worker bees can leave Even drones can fly away The queen is their slave" JACK (V.O. PAPER STREET .) I faxed them around to everyone.) I wrote little haiku poems. Get yourself together. JACK (V. BOSS Take the rest of the day off. He hits "SEND. Come back tomorrow with clean clothes.SUNSET Jack walks toward the HOUSE. EXT. I am enlightened." gets the "ERROR CHIME" SOUND. JACK'S OFFICE . passing COWORKERS who coldly stare at him. INT. yes.SAME Jack's leaving.) You give up the condo life.
INTERCUT WITH. may I have another! Thank you sir. He answers it. from upstairs. TYLER'S VOICE (laughing) You fucking slut!! MARLA'S VOICE Thank you.. The PHONE RINGS. then tapped it with a chisel to shatter the cylinder. POLICE STATION .OFFICE A cop. takes off his pants. may I have another. SOUNDS of VIOLENT SEX and a POLAROID CAMERA Pieces of PLASTER fall from the ceiling. DETECTIVE STERN.O.
JACK (V.SUNSET Jack walks in. JACK (V.) .all your flaming worldly possessions.. finds a tiny bit of SOAP and scrubs at the blood stains. refers to a file.... JACK Speaking..O. JACK No.
INT. I wasn't aware. go live in a dilapidated house in the toxic waste part of town.. ! Jack rolls his eyes.)
. INT.. and you come home to this..... JACK
DETECTIVE STERN I don't know if you're aware. sir. TYLER'S KITCHEN . He runs water in the sink. DETECTIVE STERN This is Detective Stern with the arson unit. We have some new information about the "incident" at your condo.
Yeah.it seems someone sprayed freon into the lock. your front door -.
startled.. was just a detonator. JACK This is. really a shock. Do you know what that means? JACK What does that mean? DETECTIVE STERN It means it was homemade.. It left a residue of ammonium oxalate and potassium perchloride.
Very strange. sire. The gas. Jack almost leaps out his skin. strange...I am Jack's Cold Sweat.. looks to see Tyler standing right next to him. scrubs his pants obsessively. JACK Huh? TYLER
.. JACK Who do you think could've done this? DETECTIVE STERN I'll ask the questions. DETECTIVE STERN Whoever set this homemade dynamite could've blown out the pilot light days before the explosion. JACK Dynamite? DETECTIVE STERN Yes. it seems. TYLER (whispering in Jack's ear) Tell him. son. DETECTIVE STERN Does this sound strange to you? JACK Yes... DETECTIVE STERN The dynamite.
Jack starts to sweat.
END INTERCUT Jack hangs up.O. The dishes were me." Jack pushes Tyler away. give me a call.. I really don't.. rich and famous. overlap w/above) I don't know what to make of this.. I loved every stick of furniture.. including material possession. You could be beautiful. The plants were.) I'd like to thank the academy. Marla's
Jack really grinds the soap against the pants. In the meantime. Jack turns away. Tyler shrugs. No. if any ideas come to you. continues to scrub his pants. don't leave town." JACK Shhhhhh! (into phone. FOOTSTEPS can be HEARD coming downstairs... sir. splashing
. DETECTIVE STERN Do you know anyone who'd have the expertise or motive to do something like this? TYLER "I reject the basic assumptions of civilization. JACK (V..
TYLER Could be worse. You could be cursed with the three terrible Karmas. cups the receiving. the chairs. the rugs.. were me. sir.(overlap w/below) "The liberator who destroyed my property has re-aligned my paradigm of perception. DETECTIVE STERN Well. The lamps. I may need to bring you in for questioning. JACK (into phone) No. I loved that condo.
Tyler is GONE.it's abandoned on the side of the road. going UPSTAIRS. MARLA Like sex crime victims. storms out. bam -. Someone loved it intensely for one day. She leans in very close to Jack's ear. Jack takes a step away. JACK (V. MARLA I got this dress at a thrift store for one dollar.. She lifts her dress dangerously high. underwear inside-out. the other disappeared. presses against the counter. moving very close to Jack. Jack becomes very aware of having no pants on. then. exotic dance. keeps scrubbing.. JACK (coldly) It suits you. whispers hoarsely: MARLA You can borrow it sometime. JACK (keeps scrubbing) Worth every penny. Marla backs away. fed up. Tyler and Marla were never in the same room. then tossed it. Marla pulls her hemline further up.O. dancing close to Jack's body.water. Marla begins a slow. Like a Christmas tree -so special. tinsel still clinging to it.) Except for their humping. almost touhcing.one came in. lights a cigarette. Jack takes her cigarette and throws it in the sink. sees Marla enter. He turns.) My parents pulled this exact act for years -.
. Marla blows smoke in his face. bound with electrical tape. MARLA (seductive) It's a bridesmaid's dress.
) Get rid of her. think you should go now.. Marla ignores. looking for something on the junk strewn table. passing messages between my parents. I can't even begin to keep up. MARLA Don't worry. she sings "This Merry-Go-Round" from "Valley of the Dolls. Marla can be seen walking away. Tyler's right behind him. tossing things. pushing other things off to the floor. Jack turns to see Tyler in the doorway. Through the window. moves up into Jack's face. Tyler picks up the remnant of SOAP Jack's been using. Marla finds what she wanted. uh.S. Jack looks to the archway.TYLER (O." Jack watches her through the kitchen window. Marla's FOOTSTEPS are coming DOWNSTAIRS. JACK It's time for you to leave. JACK (V. a pack of cigarettes. still searching the table. shoes and balled up clothing under one arm.O.
..S. She laughs. holds it up to Jack. JACK You get rid of her. As she exits the back door.
Jack turns. JACK I.) She
Nice work. TYLER (O.) I'm six years old again. JACK Goodbye. spins on her heels. then back at -. MARLA You're such a nutcase.Tyler's GONE. TYLER (pointing at Jack) Don't mention me. I'm leaving. Marla enters.
Jack looks at Tyler.SIGN: "DANGER .comes form human bodies. flashlight first. Tyler pulls Jack behind a DUMPSTER. CLOSE UP . From society's richest asses and thighs. FENCED-IN BIOHAZARD WASTE DUMP SITE . the tallow floats Tyler
. Tyler pulls out an industrial-sized. KITCHEN . one of DOZENS. He wobbles.NIGHT Tyler stands inside the fence. carrying BAGS of fat. gets over. first we have to render fat. TYLER Paydirt. One of Jack's bags RIPS. snags his shirt.. RIPPPPP. Jack falls.TYLER To make soap. FOOTSTEPS. eagerly grabs the lid of the closest dumpster. JACK What is this place? TYLER A liposuction clinic. A silhouette of a SECURITY GUARD moves along the perimeter. TIME CUT: Tyler and Jack climb back over the fence. He walks away. Tyler lifts the lid -. Tyler tries to scoop the running fat back into the bag. spilling the goo down the chain-link fench. struggling to cross BARBED WIRE." EXT. Tyler laughs.it CREAKS. Jack's atop the fence.NIGHT Jack and Tyler each stir a boiling pot. INT. who emerge from hiding. thick plastic bag full of PINK GOO.BIOHAZARD. Tyler helps. TYLER As the fat renders. MOVE BACK to Tyler and Jack. From the dumpster.. Jack slips and slides. TYLER The best fat for making soap -because the salt balance is just right -. A FLASHLIGHT BEAM.
his face tightens. Tyler pours a He takes
TYLER Without sacrifice.
. JACK Hard to imagine you in Boy Scouts.the burn is swollen. Jack looks -. Jack's whole body JERKS. Tyler holds tight to Jack's hand and arm.the crucial ingredient. he crabs a can. till a thick white soapy discharge crept into the river. lifts up a scoop of the glycerin layer. (adding lye to mix) Ancient peoples found their clothes got cleaner if they washed them at a certain spot in the river. TYLER Lye -. Year after year. TYLER This clear layer in glycerin. Then. TYLER The first soap was made from the ashes of heroes. The saliva shines in the shape of the kiss. opens it. Tears well in Jack's eyes. bit of the flaked lye onto Jack's hand. human sacrifices were once made on the hills above this river. It will hurt more than you've ever been burned and you will have a scar. Rain feel. we would have nothing. TYLER This is a chemical burn. Like the first monkeys shot into space. Tyler licks his lips until they're gleaming wet. glossy. Jack's hands and KISSES the back of it. The lye combined with the melted fat of the bodies. Why? Because. Jack's face spasms.to the surface. Remember the crap they taught you in Boy Scouts. bodies burnt. without death. in the shape of Tyler's kiss. Tyler sticks a spoon into a pot. Water seeped through the wood ashes to become lye. We'll mix it back in when we make the soap.
JACK (V. RESUME: Jack tries to pull his hand free. tries to jerk his hand away.) Guided meditation worked for cancer. This is your pain -. Tyler JERKS Jack's hand again.) Tyler's kiss was a bonfire on the back of my hand. Look at it. IN GENTLE SPRING RAINFALL. TURNING HER HEAD TO LOOK TOWARDS US. Deal with it the way a living person does.ON MARLA. Tyler looks at Jack's glazed and detached eyes.O. SHOT OF A GREEN MAPLE LEAF. LYING NAKED UNDER A FUR COAT.
. TYLER Stop it.your burning hand... SHOT OF A FOREST. It's right here. SHOT OF INSIDE THE ICE CAVE . JACK (V. TYLER Look at your hand. RESUME:
Tyler JERKS Jack's hand. this out.O. RESUME:
Jack.) I tried not to think of the words "searing" or "flesh. GLISTENING WITH DEW. getting Jack's attention. it could work for this..O.) I was going to my cave to find my power animal. SHOT OF THE INSIDE OF JACK'S FROZEN ICE CAVE." I imagined my pain as a ball of healing white light. snapping back.O. Tyler won't let go. JACK (V.. RESUME:
Jack re-focuses on Tyler.JACK (V. TYLER Come back to the pain.
TYLER Don't deal with this the way those dead people do. Tyler keeps hold of it and their arms KNOCK UTENSILS off the table.
what does that tell us about God? JACK I don't know.Jack's eyes glaze over again.. what you're feeling is premature enlightenment. I'm not. RESUME:
Tyler SLAPS Jack's face.. regaining his attention.NAKED MARLA PULLS JACK DOWN ON TOP RESUME:
.. if our fathers bailed. SHOT OF A GREEN FOREST WITHOUT RAIN. SHOT OF EMBERS POURING FROM THE HELLISH FOREST FIRE. whiny from pain:
JACK I. TYLER Listen to me. Tyler SLAPS Jack's face again. JACK It isn't. RESUME:
TYLER Shut up. Our fathers were our models for God.. In all probability.. He hates you... This is not the worst thing that can happen...
Jack speaks. ? SHOT OF INSIDE ICE CAVE . I get it. missing it...
TYLER No.. You have to consider the possibility that God doesn't like you. SHOT OF TREES ENGULFED BY A FOREST FIRE.. And.. I think I understand.. JACK No.... JACK We don't.. he never wanted you. TYLER This is the greatest moment of your life and you're off somewhere.. ? TYLER We don't need him.
JACK . slumps to the floor.they lock eyes.OF HER ..) Tyler sold the soap to department
. with no special place and no special attention. looking like deaht-warmedover. you don't know what this feels like. TYLER Congratulations. Marla . holds his hand.CIGARETTE SMOKE COMES FROM HER MOUTH . wait as a BUYER fills out forms. you are going to die. Fuck redemption. Look at me. BARNEY'S . Or you can use vinegar to neutralize the burn.O.. TYLER You can go to the sink and run water over your hand.. RESUME: Jack is a wide-eyed zombie. Tyler grabs a bottle of VINEGAR -. in trench coats...pours it over Jack's wound. and so be it.JACK COUGHS. Jack does his best to stifle his spasms of pain.DAY Jack and Tyler. There are bars of "The Paper Street Soap Company" soap on the counter. First. you will be useless. Until you know that. INT. You're a step closer to hitting bottom. JACK You . We are God's unwanted children. coiled knot. ? TYLER Fuck damnation. Tears begin to drip from Jack's eyes.. Jack closes his eyes. Tyler shows Jack a LYE-BURNED KISS SCAR on his own hand.JACK KISSES HER . Tyler. He bolts toward the sink. Jack looks like he's half-expecting to get arrested... Jack spasms with a shiver of pain.. His hand is BANDAGED.. you have to know that someday. his body a quivering.. but first you have to give up.. Jack looks at Tyler -. JACK (V. but Tyler holds on.
BOSS "The second rule of fight club. What would you do?
You find this..O. Boss enters.O.. someone who might snap at any moment. It must be Thursday. BOSS Pretend you're me. JACK'S OFFICE ." Jack snuffs his cigarette in an ashtray. JACK "Abuse" the copy machine. I didn't even wear a tie to work anymore. God knows what they charged.. JACK (V. stalking from office to office with
. INT.DAY Jack sits at his desk. image. shuts it.
Jack rises slowly.) I must've left the original in the copy machine. walks to his door. smoking a cigarette.. playing a game on his computer.) He was wearing a yellow tie. We were selling rich women their own fat asses back to them. stares up stoically. JACK (V. BOSS "The first rule of fight club is you don't talk about fight club. Boss slaps a piece of PAPER down on Jack's desk. JACK Me? I'd be very careful who I talked to about this. How ironic. Is this yours? JACK Hmm? BOSS You don't get paid to abuse the copy machine.stores at twenty bucks a Ear. It sounds like someone dangerous wrote it.
I'm neutral in her book. Or. Boss goes to the door. Bass stares with a tinge of outrage. (to Boss. MARLA Would you do something for me? I need you to check and see if there's a lump in my breast.O. somebody very close to you. stares at Jack a beat.
JACK (V. I can't afford to throw money away on a doctor. JACK Just a second... JACK Might be someone you've known for years. then leaves. bitterly pumping round after round into colleagues and coworkers.
. Jack moves very close to Boss. JACK I don't know .CLOSE UP OF MARLA. Jack puts the PAPER in his trash. JACK Compliance and Liability. PHONE RINGS.an Armalite AR-10 Carbine-gas semiautomatic.. JACK (into phone) What are you talking about? INTERCUT WITH .) She didn't call Tyler. picks up the PAPER and starts tearing it into pieces.. maybe you shouldn't be bringing me every little piece of trash you pick up. a tinge of fear. MARLA'S VOICE My tit's going to rot off.. MARLA
Please. smiles) Could you excuse me? I need to take this call.. Jack answers it.
EXT. MARLA'S HOTEL - SUNSET Jack walks down the sidewalk, seeing Marla take two BOXES from a VAN with the sign "MEALS ON WHEELS." INT. MARLA'S ROOM - MOMENTS LATER Marla leads Jack inside. JACK This is a sweet side of you. Picking these up for ... (reads the boxes:) "Mrs. Haniver" and... "Mrs. Raines." Where are they? MARLA Tragically, they're dead. I'm alive and I'm in poverty. You want any? JACK No, thanks. MARLA Good. He stares at her while she eats. MARLA What happened to your hand? Jack awkwardly puts his bandaged hand behind his back. JACK Nothing. INT. MARLA'S ROOM - NIGHT Marla stands facing a MIRROR with her shirt open. Jack stands behind her with his hand on the bottom side of her breast. Marla's hand guides his. JACK Here? MARLA Here. JACK There? MARLA Here.
JACK Here. MARLA Feel anything? JACK No. Jack's head is behind Marla's. MARLA They speak softer, slower.
JACK Okay, I'm sure.
MARLA You feel nothing? JACK
Marla turns around and faces him, begins to button her shirt. MARLA Well, that's a relief. JACK No... no problem. MARLA I wish I could return the favor. Jack touches his own chest, shakes his head. JACK I think everything's okay here. MARLA I could check your prostate. JACK
Uh ... nah.
MARLA (pause) Well... thanks, anyway. Marla leans to kiss him -- lingers for a bit longer than just friendly. Jack pulls away.
JACK So.... are we done? Marla sighs. MARLA Yeah, we're done. EXT. HOTEL - MOMENTS LATER Jack emerges from the lobby. He looks up at Marla's window, watches her silhouette. He walks away, right into -- Big BOB, the moose, eating a donut and drinking orange juice. BOB How are you?
See you around.
JACK I'm okay. How are you?
BOB Better than I've ever been in my life. JACK Really? Great. Still "Remaining Men Together?" An intense look of born-again fervor comes over Bob's face. BOB I found something new.
JACK Really, what's that? BOB (quietly) The first rule is... you aren't supposed to talk about it... JACK
BOB And the second rule about it is... you're not supposed to talk about it. And the third rule... JACK Bob, Bob... I'm a member. BOB
. BASEMENT DOOR . He offers the pack.we've seen none of these guys before . JACK (V. looks at PAPERWORK.ELECTRONICS WKREHOUSE . carries a dirty pot to the sink. Jack and Bob Stagger out last.. our gift to the world. both of us. Jack takes out a cigarette.NIGHT The CROWD SCREAMS insanely as Bob and Jack go at it in the circle of light. he was born in a mental institution. EXT.LATER Everyone sneaks out of this new location . JACK Yeah.
.ELECTRONICS WAREHOUSE . Bob roughly slaps Jack's shoulder. KITCHEN -. INT. Tyler wanders in. BASEMENT .. lights up. Supposedly.) Fight club -. man! great! Congratulations. They both grin with religious serenity. You know about this guy? Tyler Durden? INT.O.MORNING Jack has his briefcase on the table.this was mine and Tyler's gift.. Jack being in worse shape.You are?! JACK Look at my face. BOB You know about the guy who invented it? I hear all kinds of things. BOB Thank you. JACK You're welcome. They say he only sleeps one hour a night.
Thank you. completely enervated from the beating he took.it's a new chapter. Bob hugs Jack. BOB That's a fucking great. Bob's eyes are wild with glee.
Bob relaxes the hug and Jack drops to the ground like a sack.
Where to begin? With your constant absenteeism? With your unpresentable appearance? You're up for review. JACK We need to talk..TYLER No thanks..DAY Jack sits staring at his SCREEN SAVER.DAY Jack steps into the open doorway. You're the Department of Transportation. and you discover that our company intentionally did nothing about leather seats cured in third world countries with chemicals we know cause birth defects? Brake linings that fail after a thousand
. JACK You quit? TYLER Where you headed? JACK Going to work. expensive desk. JACK
What. JACK I Am Jack's Complete Lack of Surprise. knocks on the doorframe.
Tyler scratches his chin absently. Boss looks up from his large. Boss sits up in his seat. JACK Let's pretend.
Yeah. I quit. JACK'S OFFICE .. BOSS'S OFFICE .. ?
Nothing. becoming enraged. INT.
TYLER Do what you like.
Tyler walks out the way he came. INT. BOSS Okay.
dripping blood.. its contents flying. knocking off belongings. BOSS Just who the fuck do you think you are?! Get out! You're fired! JACK What about this? Keep me on payroll as an outside consultant. I won't be any trouble. I'm your responsibility. don't hit me again.. Boss stands. I won't need to come to the office. SLAMS against a framed picture and SHATTERS the glass.O.. JACK Please..) I Am Jack's Smirking Revenge. Jack climbs up Boss's leg while Boss tries to shake him off. JACK (V. Jack crawls toward Boss. Boss stumbles back into his desk. Blood starts to trickle...O. Fuel injectors that burn people alive. throws himself back as if by the force of the punch. He hits the floor.miles. pulls down a hanging shelf. BOSS You little fucker!
Jack PUNCHES HIMSELF in the nose. give me the paychecks like I asked for. JACK (V. JACK Please.O. He PUNCHES himself in the stomach.. grabs Boss's leg.) For some reason. then in the jaw again.with Tyler. glaring with rage.. In exchange for my salary. I'll keep my mouth shut.) Under and behind and inside
. He falls to the floor. He punches himself in the jaw. moves around his desk. You won't see me again. I thought of my first fight -. please. Jack gets back to his feet. He reels backwards. I can do this job from home. JACK (V.
DAY Jack holds a CHECK in front of Tyler's face.. PHONE.. something horrible had been growing. FAX and other office equipment. Plus... TYLER'S HOUSE . and.. JACK (V. JACK I am now officially self-employed.. He dribbles blood an Boss's clothing. takes out a thick bundle of CARDS... Jack crawls high enough to grab Boss's belt.O. Jack digs in his pocket. looking in. TYLER Fucking sweet.. and... proud.BASEMENT .NIGHT Behind
. at our most excellent moment together.. SMUDGES blood from his face onto the knuckles of Boss's hand..everything this man took for granted. just a minute. please.. JACK Forty-eight airline flight coupons. Two SECURITY GUARDS enter and gape at the sight. then back at Tyler. JACK (gurgling blood) Please don't hit me again.) And right then. TYLER Good for you. them stand CURIOUS WORKERS. hoisting himself up. INT. JACK Okay. JACK Please. hold on.ENTRANCE FOYER . LOU'S TAVERN . Jack holds up a finger. going to open the front door. He drags an unwieldy SHOPPING CART in behind him. INT.. JACK Six months advance pay. Jack looks at the cart.. filled with his COMPUTER.
And we're very. MIDDLE-AGED MAN stomps down the stairs.. HEFTY THUG who holds a GUM. A fat. working jobs they hate so they can buy shit they don't need.but we won't. Jack looks at the blazing excitement in the eyes of the crowd.
TYLER I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who have ever lived -an entire generation pumping gas and waiting tables. or great depression.. We have no great war. The great war is a spiritual war. The great depression is our lives. And we're learning that fact. Guys look at each other. holding up his hands to quiet them. We were raised by television to believe that we'd be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars -. or they're slaves with white collars. TYLER
Who are you?
. followed by a TALL.. TYLER I look around. An enormous CROWD of guys. who's in the center of the circle.. TYLER Shut up! Which means a lot of you have been breaking the first two rules of fight club. with no purpose or place. I look around and see a lot of new faces. stands around Tyler. TYLER We are the quiet young men who listen until it's time to decide. very pissed-off. pushing into the crowd.LOUD. The crowd erupts into a DEAFENING CHORUS of agreement. (more) TYLER (cont) Advertisements have them chasing cars and clothes. including Jack and Bob. A glum silence falls. An enthusiastic RUMBLE from the crowd. We are the middle children of history.
LOU Ain't that something? TYLER
Yes. I do. LOU Irvine? Irvine's at home with a broken collarbone. Everyone glances guiltily at each other. LOU
TYLER It's free to all. LOU Who told you motherfuckers you could use my place? TYLER We have a deal worked out with Irvine." I'm fucking Lou. stupid fuck. LOU He don't own this place. How much money's he getting for this? TYLER There is no money. Who the fuck are you?! TYLER Tyler Durden.FAT MAN (LOU) Who am I?! There's a sign on the front that says "Lou's Tavern. Tyler extends his hand for a shake. it is. but Lou SLAPS it away.
LOU Look. I want everyone outta here now! TYLER You're welcome to join our club. LOU Did you hear what I just said?!
LOU You hear me now? Tyler gains his breath. Lou PUNCHES Tyler in the face. turns his head. to you and this whole fucking world. Lou slaps at Tyler's face. TYLER We really need to use this place. sweating.. TYLER That's it. Tyler spits and shouts through clenched teeth. Some of the guys move forward. Lou SLUGS Tyler in the stomach. the necktie tightening and strangling Lou. TYLER You don't know where I've been. The Thug grabs Tyler and pulls. Lou flushes red with exasperation. determined. that's good. Lou proceeds to beat the shit out of Tyler. Tyler bleeds from the mouth and face. Tyler bear hugs Lou.TYLER You and your friend... You'll feel better. Jack-runs forward anyway -. pulls him to the floor. TYLER No. wide-eyed. I am shit and crazy. bewildered. grabs onto Lou. Tyler straightens. Get it all out... He looks up. Lou stops.Lou PUNCHES him in the face. but Tyler BITES Lou's NECKTIE. Lou starts KICKING his. Tyler collapses to the floor. Jack watches. Lou tries to shake Tyler off. looking to Jack. but the Thug points his gun. Tyler SPRINGS UP. I didn't hear you. Suddenly. Tyler rubs his
.. doubles him over. his stomach. Finally. More guys move forward.. facing Lou. who is just as bewildered. I'm sorry. but Tyler waves them off.. facing Lou. KICKS more. Tyler's blood spatters on Lou. He looks to the Thug.. but recoils from the blood. PUNCHING his face. TYLER Yes.
and you're going to lose. replacement light bulbs. Christ!
Fucking let me go!
Thank you. trying to keep clear of the blood.. then... LOU Alright. EXT. Please let us keep it. LOU What are you doing?! TYLER Pleeeeeease! LOU Okay! Okay. spattering Lou.bloody face into Lou's face. his demeanor businesslike.. We need it. drooling blood) You're going to start a fight. slamming the door behind. each of you has a homework assignment. STREET . The Thug drops Tyler.
LOU Let go of me!! Tyler lets go of Lou's belt. Jack beams in appreciation. Lou gets to his feet. dragging Lou as he is dragged. They help him up.. he sits back. TYLER We need this place. Tyler sits slumped for a long moment. Lou scrambles away. Tyler clings to Lou's belt. crossing his legs and looking to the group. You're going to go out and start a fight with a total stranger. Fight club surrounds Tyler.. looks at Tyler.. (pause.. sir. He and the Thug back away.. then at the rest of the guys.. fuck it! Use the basement! Get off me! TYLER We need some towels.DAY
.. TYLER This week.. Lou. The Thug lifts Tyler. please.
TYLER Thank you. his breathing labored. Blood dribbles out of Tyler's mouth.. move him to a crate..
. he jerks the hose up and SPRAYS them.. a SEMINARY STUDENT... and Ricky PUNCHES him. The Mechanic purposely takes it. you did that on purpose! The Mechanic DOUSES the Seminarian. They fight. YUPPIE Hey! Wha. The Seminarian grabs the hose. The Yuppie struggles spastically. Ricky follows.Ricky trips a passing YUPPIE. wrestling the Mechanic for it. PUNCHING the Seminarian in the back of the neck... What the hell. SEMINARIAN You. angry.. who responds with a half-assed PUNCH. what are you doing?! Who are you?!! The Yuppie backs away. The Yuppies gets up.. People'll do just about anything to avoid a fight.. ?! Having no recourse.. EXT. FIRST MAN Hey.. As MEN pass. SECOND MAN Watch out.
YUPPIE Who are you!? Why are you attacking me. The Mechanic shoves the Seminarian. stunned. The Mechanic sprays a third man.
. the Yuppie begins trading blows..O. ! Ricky TACKLES the Yuppie. AUTO SHOP . hey.
The Yuppie falls.
JACK (V.. jackass! These men continue on their way..) Not as easy as it sounds. who looks down.DAY A MECHANIC WITH A BATTERED FACE uses a hose to wash the sidewalk... The Mechanic sprints after him.
YUPPIE Get away from me! Keep away! NO.. The Seminarian starts to run away..
armed with TOOLS. PAPER STREET HOUSE HANDS use a MARKER. they SWING the planks against front bumpers -. JACK Local 8 just started in Penns Grove. out in the darkness. It's the YUPPIE and the SEMINARIAN fighting. TYLER Local 15. JACK (V.O. blood and sweat dripping. RECORD STORE STOCKROOM . JACK There's fight club in Delaware City. in work gloves.DAY Jack and Tyler." EXT. Tyler hands ENVELOPES out to the crowd.NIGHT A FIST smashes a JAW. LARGE PARKING LOT . JACK (V. work together to lift the entire METAL PLATE of EXIT SPIKES from the ground. An arm snakes around a neck and squeezes.
I heard. Monday nights.
As they pass PARKED CARS.
. Bob said he was at fight club in Newcastle last week.) Now nobody was the center of fight club except the two men fighting. Tyler walks around the perimeter of the circle. each carrying a 4x4 plank of WOOD. And.activating ALARMS and INFLATING AIR BAGS.INT. Guys CHEER. STREET ." INT.LATE NIGHT Ricky and another FIGHT CLUBBER paste up a BILLBOARD which reads: "DID YOU KNOW? YOU CAN USE YOUR OLD MOTOR OIL TO FERTILIZE YOUR LAWN! -. The leader walked around in the crowd.) Everyone took a homework assignment.. EXT. MOMENTS LATER Jack and Tyler walk away..O.ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. They reverse it. then replace it. writing on a FILE: "Disinformation.
EXT. He and his family members look at each other.NIGHT Huge office. climbing to a neighboring rooftop. AIRPLANE CABIN .ON GROUND . wheel rims throwing sparks. takes a SWING. INT. The Seminarian takes the bat.NIGHT FATHER.. FAMILY HOUSEHOLD -. rip open a box from a PRINT SHOP. Rows and rows of desks.it shows passengers SCREAMING and FLAILING ABOUT IN TERROR. a new FILE FOLDER: "Arson. the TV IMAGE turns to SNOW and static. utensils in hand. Father turns the TV OFF. BUSINESS OFFICE . PAPER STREET HOUSE Files and newspaper clippings are piled up. points it -. YOUNG DAUGHTER and SON. We SEE a CARD . FIGHT CLUB MEMBERS work: one guy moving from COMPUTER MONITOR to COMPUTER MONITOR. INT. watching TELEVISION. The Yuppie and the Seminarian move on." HANDS write on
. In the background. a CAR quickly EXITS the parking lot -front tires EXPLODING.DESTROYS a digital SATELLITE DISH.MEN. Other guys follow behind. Father picks up the REMOTE. They come upon another DISH.all channels are SNOW. INT. PAPER STREET HOUSE HANDS place NEWS CLIPPINGS into a FILE: "Mischief. filling each monitor with gasoline. with bruised faces. They dig up AIRPLANE SAFETY INSTRUCTION CARDS and begin inserting them into each seatback." INT. eat dinner.. MOTHER. Family members stop eating.Newcastle?
TYLER Did you start that one?
JACK I thought you did.NIGHT The Yuppie SWINGS a BASEBALL BAT -. using a DRILL to drill a hole into the top of each. CITY ROOFTOPS . Suddenly. INT.DAY Two AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE. with FUNNELS and CANS of GASOLINE. uncomfortable.
EXT. ROOFTOP -- DAY The Yuppie crumbles a loaf of stale bread into a bucket, stirring it with a big spoon, mixing in a BOTTLE of EX-LAX. Nearby, Rob throws handfuls of wet BREADCRUMBS to PIGEONS... HUNDREDS of PIGEONS -- a rooftop feeding-frenzy. EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - NIGHT Tyler and Jack cross the parking lot, towards the convenience store. Jack wears a BACKPACK. TYLER Let me have that a minute... Tyler takes the BACKPACK, unzips it, searching the contents. JACK What are we doing? TYLER Homework assignment. JACK
What is it?
Tyler takes out a HANDGUN, hands the backpack back. TYLER Human Sacrifice. Jack turns white, staring at the gun. EXT. BEHIND THE CONVENIENCE STORE - MOMENTS LATER The BACK DOOR opens and Tyler brings the store's CLERK out at gunpoint, forces him to his knees. Jack follows, freaked. Tyler points the gun at the Clerk. JACK (V.O.) On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. CLERK Please... don't... TYLER Give me your wallet. The Clerk fumbles his wallet out of his pocket and Tyler snatches it. Tyler pulls out the DRIVER'S LICENCE.
TYLER Raymond K. Hessel. 1320 SE Benning, apartment A. A small, cramped basement apartment. RAYMOND How'd you know? TYLER They give basement apartments letters instead of numbers. Raymond, you're going to die. Tyler rummages through the wallet. TYLER Is this a picture of Mom and Dad? RAYMOND
TYLER Your mom and dad will have to call kindly doctor so-and-so to dig up your dental records, because there won't be much left of your face. RAYMOND Please, God, no... Raymond begins to weep, shoulders heaving. JACK
TYLER An expired community college student ID card. What did you used to study, Raymond K. Hessel? RAYMOND
TYLER Were the mid-terms hard?
Tyler rams the gun barrel against Raymond's temple. TYLER I asked you what you studied. JACK
Tell him! RAYMOND Biology, mostly. TYLER
RAYMOND I... I don't know... TYLER What did you want to be, Raymond K. Hessel? Raymond weeps and says nothing. Raymond GASPS. Tyler COCKS the gun.
TYLER The question, Raymond, was "what did you want to be?" A beat. JACK Answer him! RAYMOND A veterinarian! TYLER Animals. RAYMOND Yeah ... animals and s-s-s --TYLER Stuff. That means you have to get more schooling. RAYMOND Too much school. Tyler shoves Raymond's wallet back into Raymond's pocket. TYLER Would you rather be dead? RAYMOND No, please, no, God, no! Tyler moves the gun right between Raymond's eyes.
..RAYMOND NOOOOO! Tyler UNCOCKS the gun.NIGHT SLOW MOTION: in the deserted office. that was horrible. splattered with BIRD SHIT. gasoline filled COMPUTER MONITORS begin to EXPLODE. TYLER His breakfast will taste better than any meal he has ever eaten. PAPER ST. Jack watches Tyler go. Empty. then Tyler looks at Jack. lowers it. Get the hell out of here. you will be dead. ! EXT. I know where you live. If you aren't back in school and on your way to being a veterinarian in six weeks. JACK I don't care.MORNING Luxury AUTOMOBILES are parked. Hessell's life. Tyler walks away. Jack and Tyler watch Raymond flee..BOOM.. INT. JACK I feel sick.. TYLER Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Raymond K. TYLER I'm keeping your license.BOOM..BOOM. Tyler brings the gun to his own head.BACKYARD . turns back. EXT. HOUSE . pulls the trigger -CLICK... BUSINESS OFFICE . heads down an alleyway. CITY STREETS -. Raymond staggers to his feet. Jack turns to look the direction Raymond ran. I'm going to check on you. following after Tyler. TYLER Imagine how he feels.DAWN He finally
KITCHEN . it started to make sense. in a Tyler sort of way. EXT.. back to work. Maybe you just didn't see it till it hit you between the eyes. we see it dropped Jack off right in front of the house.. No distractions. He stops a moment. JACK Hey.. dressed in FATIGUES and splattered with PAINT. kicking rocks away. No fear. You are not how much money you have in the bank. Tyler's marking a large SQUARE in the weeds and rubble of the backyard.. dragging the rake. You are not the shoes you wear. As the bus pulls away. nod to the living room. staring off. Jack notices ROPE and RAPPELLING TOOLS on the table. TYLER (muttering quietly) . Tyler comes to hand Jack a bunch of beers. JACK (V. sleepy. TYLER Hey. (pause) But.NIGHT The DRIVER has a broken nose. except for Jack... in the very last seat. TYLER You are not the contents of your wallet..MOMENTS LATER Jack enters.) He had a plan. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide. dragging it across rocks and dirt.O. INT. The bus is empty.VIEWED OUT 3RD STORY WINDOW: Tyler uses a RAKE. rake on his shoulder. INT.. grabs BEERS from the refrigerator. CITY BUS .NIGHT Jack gets off the bus. PAPER STREET ..
. Tyler.. Then.
. BOB Watch!
Jack looks to the TV -. excuse me. all also dressed in FATIGUES and splattered with PAINT." The building has a GIANT.two BROKEN WINDOWS for EYES. RICKY and several other fight club guys sit in front at the TV. BOB Shhhh. RICKY You are not your job. with flames pouring out. a wrinkled official. and we are coordinating a rigorous investigation. OTHERS TOGETHER You are not your job. BOB.CONTINUOUS Jack. RICKY You are not how much money you have in the bank..it shows a LIVE shot of the "PARKER MORRIS BUILDING. Bob goes to turn up the TV. enters carrying beers. thanks.. ANGEL FACE (to Jack) Great. could you tell us what you think has happened? COMMISSIONER JACOBS. One guy. they're back to it. Tyler does NOT follow. Angel face starts distributing beer amongst his cohorts...) Police Commissioner Jacobs has just arrived. just a second. REPORTER (V.. It's some kind of organized group.O.
TYLER We're celebrating.O. ANGEL FACE. chanting not too loudly.
INT. FIRETRUCKS spray water.. gets up to take beer from Jack. LIVING ROOM . COMMISSIONER JACOBS (V. wait. Commissioner.) We believe this is related to the recent acts of vandalism around the city. turns to camera.
. sixteen years old with an angelic face....Go on in. GRINNING FACE PAINTED on it -. bewildered.
TYLER Wrap it around the top of his hackiesack. INT..who all give each other a look. HALLWAY Jacobs saunters down an empty hall. pulls back. JACK What did you guys do?
They all BURST INTO LAUGHTER. pulling down his pants. the guys' faces turn to stone.. He pushes open the door of the MEN'S BATHROOM -. CUT TO: INT. Tyler and the others hold Jacobs.. Jack stays back to keep the door shut. Suddenly. He stops to check his tie in a mirror. moves it down to Jacob's testicles. Ricky produces a KNIFE. pulling him into the bathroom. Jack stares at them. in a WAITER'S UNIFORM.Jack turns. BOB The first rule of Project Mayhem is.reaches to Jacob s crotch." You will
. He rises and starts out of the room.. sees Tyler in the archway. Jack. He slaps a piece of tape over Jacobs' mouth. out of sight. looks apprehensively to OTHER WAITERS: BOB. red-faced. tips his beer to toast. Jack doesn't get it. Jacobs is bug-eyed. keeps his distance.. They look at Jack and shake their heads.face to face with TYLER. Bob snaps a rubber band -. you do not ask questions. INT. BATHROOM Tyler GRABS Commissioner Jacobs.. ANGEL FACE -. The OTHER "WAITERS" rush in. Bob sits rigid. RICKY. Jack. TYLER You're not going to continue your "rigorous investigation.NIGHT A luxurious BANQUET. BOB Man. watching him. his balls are ice cold. Commissioner Jacobs guzzles champagne. HOTEL BALLROOM .
O. HOTEL . BEATING the shit out of him with unprecedented viciousness. Your nuts will be bicoastal. Jack sees this.publicly state that there is no underground group. no.Ricky holds up the severed RUBBER BAND.. his eyes narrowing. Press release style. The crowd shouts maniacally. EXT. who watches with an inscrutable stone face. the rest of your life with your scrotum flapping empty. causing Jacobs to JUMP -. JACK (V. Understood? The people you're after are everyone you depend on. nods. but Jack POUNDS too hard. INT. Ricky makes a dramatic cut with the knife. (more) TYLER (cont) We do your laundry. We drive your ambulances.O. grinning... cook your food and serve you dinner.) I felt like putting a bullet between the eyes of every Panda that wouldn't screw to save its species. Do not fuck with us. Or -. We guard you while you sleep. stops walking. JACK (V. The crowd begins to grow QUIETER. JACOBS (mouth taped) . save Tyler. TAVERN BASEMENT .LATER Jack.NIGHT Fight club in full swing. Angel Face smiles at Tyler.. Tyler gives Angel Face a hearty slap on the back. TYLER We'll send one to the New York Times and one to the Los Angeles Times.imagine. Tyler and the others file quickly out the back SERVICE ENTRANCE...) I wanted to open the dump valves on oil tankers and smother all the Blood
. Jack battles Angel Face. Angel Face tries to speak. flies. no. please.
Angel Face lies still. Finally. Jack scans faces. TYLER No. finds Tyler. parking. turns on the RADIO. Tyler shrugs." INT.the crowd parts to let him pass. Mr. numb. It has two bumperstickers: "RECYCLE YOUR ANIMALS" and "MAKE MINE VEAL.. intermittently illuminated by oncoming headlights.. TYLER Where did you go. silent. TYLER Something on your mind? JACK No. STOLEN CAR Tyler gets in the driver's seat. A idling car HONKS. Mr. ignores Jack. Tyler and Jack walk through pools of streetlight. Durden. Jack stops.
.. Psycho-Boy? JACK I felt like destroying something beautiful. Durden.. stares down. STREET NEAR LOU'S TAVERN . STREET Tyler pulls the stolen car away from the curb.MOVING . but Jack intercepts. EXT. long term.. Ricky and the mechanic are in back. unconscious. INT.French beaches I'd never see. VALET There you are. A bruisedfaced VALET PARKER thrown keys to Tyler. Tyler leads Jack toward it. EXT. Jack stews. JACK (motions to car) After you. Jack walks away -. The car moves down a HIGHWAY. Jack gets into the front passenger seat.LATER RAIN GUSHES down..LATER RAINING. STOLEN CAR . after you.
TYLER Should I E-mail you? Should I put this on your "action item list?" JACK I want to know -TYLER What do you want to know about Project Mayhem? RICKY AND MECHANIC (together) The first rule of Project Mayhem --
. JACK This is as much mine as yours... Now it's out of the basements and there's a name for it -.JACK Why wasn't I told about "Project Mayhem?" TYLER What should I have told you? JACK Why wasn't I involved from the beginning? You and I started fight club together. TYLER Is this a needlepoint club? about you and me? JACK You know what I mean. RICKY AND MECHANIC (together) The first rule of Project Mayhem is you do not ask questions.. TYLER Fight club was the beginning. TYLER What do you want? purpose.. ? JACK
A statement of
.. speeding up.. Through the windshield: oncoming headlights -. JACK I'm not asking you to. ?! TYLER You choose your level of involvement. We are not the leaders... Opposing HEADLIGHTS get closer fast. what is this... TYLER You're asking questions that don't have answers. JACK Tyler. Tyler steers back into the proper lane.JACK (to Ricky and Mechanic) Shut up!! (to Tyler) I want to know what's going on. We are not special. The other CAR flies
... JACK What the hell . all-dancing crap of the world.. ! Jack fights to turn the wheel. Tyler steers the car into the opposite lane. Tyler again steers into the oncoming lane. HORN SOUNDING.. accelerates. You know just as much about Project Mayhem as anybody else. but Tyler uses both hands..a TRUCK. JACK I don't think that's true. TYLER This does not belong to us. past.. We are all part of the same compost heap. JACK What are you doing?! TYLER We are the all-singing.... I won't make decisions for you. JACK Tyler.
How's that? TYLER Why do you think I blew up your condo? JACK What? TYLER Hitting bottom isn't a weekend retreat! It's not a seminar! You have to forget everything you know. MECHANIC Build a house.. TYLER I want to hear the truth. Tyler steers there. Nearing impact with the oncoming truck. I'm sick of this. JACK Fuck my life. Fuck you and fuck Marla. It moves to the other side of the road.
.. about you and me. TYLER (to Jack) And you? JACK I don't know! Nothing! TYLER If you died right now. Tyler takes his hands off the wheel -.Jack keeps his grip. everything you think you know -about life.TYLER What will you wish you'd done before you died? RICKY Paint a self-portrait. how would you feel about your life? JACK I would feel nothing about my life? Is that what you want to hear?! The oncoming truck HONKS and FLASHES its LIGHTS. Fuck fight club.. too.. the car swerves. turns the wheel. about friendship.
impressed. Jack and Tyler's eyes stay locked as the car drifts onto the shoulder. traumatized. You will wear leather clothes that last you the rest of your life. Their faces are illuminated by the light of the flares.. Ricky and the Mechanic climb out the broken rear window. JACK Okay. Tyler studies Jack face. He walks around. staring at the ceiling. OVERTURNED CAR Tyler crawls from the passenger side. Tyler makes no move to take the wheel. You will climb the wristthick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Jack looks at
.The truck ROARS past. INT. Tyler sits beside the stunned.. The car finally hits the bottom.. They SMASH into the stalled car -.. eyes empty. THROUGH THR WINDSHIELD: a STALLED CAR ahead on the side of the road. HORN BLASTING. his hands in the air. okay.. surrounded by flares. opens the driver's side door and drags Jack out into the mud. EXT.. TYLER In the world I see -. This must've been what all those statistics felt like before I filed them into my reports.you're stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. fine... heading for the stalled car. holds them in the air. spraying water. wounded Jack. Jack takes his hands off the wheel. Tyler looks at Jack. lying on its roof. JACK (V.. TYLER We just had a near-life experience. JACK'S BEDROOM .AIRBAGS INFLATE! The back of their car whips around and carries it into a assover-tea-kettle ROLL down a hill. Tyler with dead eyes. Tyler sits in a nearby chair.LATE NIGHT Jack lies in bed. Tyler smiles.) I'd never been in a car accident..O.
TYLER (leaving) Feel better. Her back is to Jack as he looks at her. INT. then: MARLA I'll be out of your way in a sec. MARLA Whatever. MARLA It was the smart move on her part.. gives Jack's head a pat. dazed. a grim expression on her face... JACK You. JACK Really.. I mean it. She pours ccffee and lights a cigarette. She seems to be as weak as Jack. He's pale. sips coffee.. champ. Marla walks into the kitchen and goes straight to the counter. He hears the faint SOUND of SAWING and HAMMERING. (pause) Have you been going to your groups? MARLA Chloe's dead. You will see tiny figures pounding corn and laying-strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of the ruins of a superhighway. KITCHEN . A beat of silence. JACK When? MARLA Do you care? JACK I don't know. Marla turns to face Jack.MOMENTS LATER Jack sits at the table. Tyler stands.. seems broken. don't have to.Tower. leave.
. unsure of where it's coming from.
.There's a BRUISE on her ARM. TYLER (harsh whisper) You're not talking about me. MARLA Have we been talking too long? we change the subject?
Jack turns -. sawing and hammering. waiting.O.. moves closer.. to hang onto? MARLA What do you get out of it? Faint SOUND of SAWING and HAMMERING. JACK (to Marla and Tyler)
No. Marla looks a him. Tyler's staring at Jack from the bottom of the stairs.
MARLA That day you came over to my place to play doctor.
JACK Why are we both. I could feel it vibrate inside my mouth. Why does a weak person have to go out and find a strong person.) I came so close to saying Tyler's name.... figure where it's coming from. JACK You hear that? MARLA Jack can't quite
JACK That.through the crack of the open basement door.. turns back to Marla. are you? Jack reacts. with..
Jack gets up. ? JACK (V.... what was going on
.. caught up like this. JACK I don't understand.
there? TYLER (still a whisper) What are you talking about? JACK (to Marla and Tyler) Nothing. TYLER . is over. Jack tries to pull it back. (pulls his hand free) Leave me alone. MARLA
Guy or girl?
JACK Why would you ask if it's a guy or a girl?! MARLA Why would you get bent if I asked? JACK Let go of me. Marla sees the kiss-scar on Jack's hand... MARLA You're afraid to say. grabs his hand.. MARLA What is this? Who did this? JACK .
TYLER (whisper) This conversation..
. is over.. but Marla keeps a grip. A person. JACK This conversation.. MARLA I don't think so... Marla comes to touch Jack's hair. Jack closes the basement door.... JACK ..
Ricky stands on the porch. JACK (calling upstairs) Tyler. ? What's this for? From upstairs.. Tyler comes back inside.. JACK Um. JACK "Applicant?"
Sorry.. he opens the basement door. not looking back.
.. INT. too fat. JACK "Too young?" TYLER If the applicant is young. heads downstairs. Jack leans against the wall. holds a PAPER BAG. what can I do for you.. closes her eyes. INT. JACK Wait a minute.. BASEMENT STAIRCASE Tyler walks upstairs. with an army surplus MATTRESS rolled-up at his feet. black shoes. LIVING ROOM . She leaves out the back door.Marla backs away. looks Ricky over... the SOUND of the DOORBELL. staring ahead in subordinate military style. struggling with frustration. BASEMENT . After a moment. black shirt. INT..MOMENTS LATER Jack opens the door.. Fat.CONTINUOUS Jack looks around. Ricky? Tyler steps up beside Jack. TRIPLE-DECKER BUNKS clutter the basement. passing as Jack continues down. TYLER You're too young. we tell him he's too young. as many as can fit into the space. too old. shuts the door. Old. He's in black pants.
nods for Jack to go ahead.. friendly. friend.
JACK You're never getting through this door.. you stupid little weasel! Look at me when I talk to you.. JACK Tyler.. EXT. Nothing personal.TYLER If the applicant waits at the door for three days without food. same spot.
EXT.NIGHT Ricky remains at attention. hands in his pockets. ! He WHACKS Ricky in the shoulder with the broom. shelter or encouragement. young to. PORCH . You're trespassing and I will call the police.
. PORCH . look. who remains at attention. Tyler closes the door.. Tyler watches.NIGHT Ricky.. JACK Are you deaf?! I told you to leave! You will never get inside this house! EXT.. then he can enter and begin training. Jack bursts out with a BROOM. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding. knocks the brown bag out of Ricky's hand. Just go away. You're too. No response from Ricky. Jack goes
TYLER Look. PORCH . Tyler comes out. It's not the end of the world. kicks it away. EXT. back inside.MORNING Ricky's still there. train here.. You should probably be on you way. Jack bursts outside with the broom again.MOMENTS LATER Jack comes out. unsure. JACK Uh. PORCH . walks around Ricky.
. Jack follows Bob. Ricky answers him. Ricky goes in. wait. 2ND FLOOR LANDING . mattress at his Jack stays in the doorway.) Sooner or later.
INT. with a feet.. EXT. you're too fat. Nice seeing you. eyes on Bob.MORNING Ricky's there. Bob stands at at rigid attention.
TYLER You're too old.. He picks up his mattress and starts away. Tyler looks at Jack and rolls his eyes.JACK What is your major malfunction!? INT.. Sorry. we all became what Tyler wanted us to be. (leading Bob back) Let me explain this to you.. PORCH -. watches this scene on the PORCH below. Bob.NIGHT CRICKETS CHIRP.. TYLER
. in black. EXT.NIGHT Tyler and Jack stand in bathroom doorway. And.O. PORCH .CONTINUOUS At the window. JACK Bob. Bob looks genuinely hurt. Tyler turns to Bob. JACK'S ROOM . Tyler steps out. Tyler comes to give the top of Ricky's head a sharp SLAP. watching Ricky finish SHAVING off all of his HAIR... Bob is now next to paper bag in hand. To all the "Sir!" --
TYLER You have two black shirts? Two pair black trousers? One pair black boots? Two pair black socks? One black coat? Three hundred dollars personal burial money? Go inside. Tyler sips coffee. locking following questions. JACK (V.
CONTINUOUS Jack keeps watching out the window. then goes in. Bob stands motionless.) To what purpose. preparing the square of backyard... Ricky comes out the front door with the BROOM. ready to sacrifice himself for Project Mayhem..) In Tyler We Trust." EXT. JACK (V. JACK (V. Jack watches. clear rocks. PORCH . BACKYARD . They cart away WHEELBARROWS of rocks and carry in SACKS of FERTILIZER. JACK (V. SLAMS THE DOOR. Jack walks out.) So it went. From here on.A monkey. all those with shaved heads: "SPACE MONKEYS.) Tyler built his army.O. There's another "applicant.O. working with shovels..O. beside Bob. INT.O. ready to be shot into space. EXT. Jack turns to look around the kitchen.one SCRUBBING the FLOOR. rakes. fatty! We don't want your kind here! (to short guy) You're too short. might one ask? Well.. IN THE KITCHEN WINDOW. one might ask.. stumpy! Go back to the circus! Ricky HITS them with the broom. one WASHING DISHES. one SCRUBBING the walls.
." a SHORT GUY. if not for the first rule of Project Mayhem. RICKY (to Bob) You're too fucking old. THREE SPACE MONKEYS work -. eats toast. KITCHEN . etc. They pull weeds. A Space Monkey.DAY Jack looks out the window.DAY Tyler works with a HALF DOZEN SPACE MONKEYS. JACK (V. Go away.
O.) Planet Tyler. INT. FRECKLED SPACE MONKEY "We are the all-singing.. INT. Off to the side. JACK (V. INT.)
He was gone. all-dancing crap of the world. adding them to the mix. They pinch HERBS.O.. Space Monkeys render fat and make soap. Jack stares.O. then.NIGHT
Jack enters.DAY Jack opens his eyes.DAY Jack slowly pushes open the door to Tyler's room." FRECKLED SPACE MONKEY "You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. JACK (V. They add VODKA.. UPSTAIRS LANDING . a couple Monkeys stir a vat of RICE.. On the wall is a big bulletin board with HUNDREDS of DRIVER's LICENSES." JACK (V. finds DOZENS of SPACE MONKEYS.. trapped inside this clockwork of Space Monkeys. JACK Tyler. cooking and working and
.) And.. KITCHEN .) I had to hug the walls. The room is empty." Jack picks up a BOTTLE of VODKA.INT. chomps on it irritatingly. JACK'S ROOM . awakening to sunlight thru the window. LIVING ROOM . JACK (V.. Jack dips a spoon into the rice. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else..DAY
Jack comes downstairs. We are all part of the same compost heap.O. a sign above it: "HUMAN SACRIFICES.
JACK (V. INT. vodka in hand. Walls are lined with FILES. As Angel Face replaces the file. right. the house moved.NIGHT Jack takes a swig of vodka. Space Monkey immediately comes to clean it up. Jack notices -. INT.a LYEBURNED KISS-SCAR on the back of Angel Face's hand. Jack drops his cigarette in the gravel. It's a ritual. EXT. marks on a chart." "Arson. steps on it. READING ROOM ." "Disinformation. under SIGNS: "Mischief. no words. TEN SPACE MONKEYS here.) I'm all alone." He starts flipping through a file.O. OFFICE . each labeled with a STREET ADDRESS.DAY Jack enters.
JACK (V. In the BACKGROUND.sleeping in teams. smokes.O.) The house became a living thing. reading. ANGEL FACE That wouldn't interest you. BACK YARD .NIGHT Jack enters. Angel Face comes to take the file from him. wet inside from so many people sweating and breathing. I Am Jack's Broken Heart." Jack's eye lingers on "Arson. Angel Face reads a book. a Space Monkey WHACKS an APPLICANT with a BROOM. Other Space Monkeys tend the garden. Jack walks out. So many people moving. Space Monkeys shuffle PAPERS and NEWS CLIPPINGS. JACK A
. JACK Where's Tyler? ANGEL FACE The first rule of Project -JACK Right.
Jack watches her go. stricken.Get away from me! MARLA'S VOICE (O. A tear runs down her cheek.CONTINUOUS Jack enters. gets to his knees and pulls the ski mask off the corpse -it's BOB.. bleeding from a gunshot wound to the LEG. Christ. MARLA What? JACK He's not here! Tyler's not here anymore! He's gone away! Marla stares at Jack. Jack heads to the back door.. The Mechanic... oh.) Who are all these people? Jack turns. what happened. sees Marla with an overnight bag. putting it on the table. INT... Jack pushes past a Space Monkey. Ricky crawls.. KITCHEN . ? MECHANIC (out of breath) We were on assignment.
. Other Space Monkeys carry in a DEAD BODY in BLACK CLOTHES and SKI MASK. JACK Bob.S... MARLA Can I come in? JACK He's not here.. JACK What's going on? Space Monkeys stare at the body.. VOICES SHOUTING.. She turns and walks away. stares down. Space Monkeys begin a rudimentary job of treating the wound. sweating. with a gunshot wound to the HEAD.. JACK What. miserable. There's a LOUD COMMOTION from the house.. JACK The Paper Street Soap Company.
LAUGHING at their handiwork. to the street -.) We had it all worked out. DECIMATING coffee push-pats.EXT.. and trash a trendy coffee bar. the Mechanic and Ricky FLEE. until.. his eyes filling with tears.NIGHT . RICOCHETS. SOUNDS of GUNSHOTS and FLASHES of MUZZLE FIRE.. crunching car roofs and causing windows to explode. MECHANIC (V. INT. ROLLS directly into the front of a closed ARROSTO coffee bar. they shot him in the head.. Those fuckers.... MECHANIC (V. MECHANIC They shot Bob. running O.O.S.. BROADSIDES a limo. KITCHEN ..AERIAL VIEW . HARSH VOICE Freeze! It ROLLS...) We were supposed to kill two birds with one stone: A SERIES of EXPLOSIONS blasts the GLOBE free...O.(FLASHBACK CONTINUOUS) Bob.. ANOTHER SPACE MONKEY We gotta do something. distraught.. the GLOBE arrives at the lobby of a HOTEL. PARK .. SCULPTURE PARK . SMASHING windows. turns to look back. holds his head. The GLOBE ROLLS downhill.
O... went smooth.O. MECHANIC (V.(RESUMING) The Mechanic looks up from Bob's corpse. EXT.) A piece of corporate art..rolling over one parked LUXURY CAR after another.O. Then.. man. They split up.S.. MECHANIC (V....NIGHT (FLASHBACK) A SCULPTURE adorned with a giant GLOBE on top.) .
. Jack walks away from Bob's corpse.
. look at him. JACK What he wanted? Look.. ? Evidence?! This is a man.RICKY We got to get rid of the evidence. points at Bob) This is a person.. RICKY It's what he would have wanted. Look at him! What does he want? (wipes tears. ? ANGEL FACE The garden. JACK No. JACK Get your hands off him! Get off... This is not a cog in your machine. Let's do this!
Move... ANGEL FACE
Bury him.. Take him there.
Jack looks around in disbelief. We have to get rid of this body. ! Space Monkeys stop..
Several Space Monkeys gather around Bob's body... ANGEL FACE He was killed serving Project Mayhem.... Jack gets between them and Bob.! What the hell do you think you're doing.. people. SHOVES a few Space Monkeys back. JACK No! Look at you! You're. exploding things... JACK What. you're running around in ski masks... ! You killed him! ANGEL FACE He was killed in action.... sir.
in Project Mayhem.RICKY But.. a member of Project Mayhem has a name.
He's dead.. this is Project Mayhem. MECHANIC In death.
. no. This is a man -. JACK No -. because of you. RICKY But. Everyone just stares at Jack.! ALL SPACE MONKEYS (louder) His name is Robert Paulson! His name is Robert Paulson. RICKY Robert Paulson? JACK Robert Paulson is dead. RICKY His name is Robert Paulson! JACK No! ALL SPACE MONKEYS His name is Robert Paulson! JACK Stop that -.. MECHANIC I understand.. JACK No! Wrong! This man's name is Robert Paulson..! MECHANIC His name is Robert Paulson.this man has a name. JACK No.. we have no names.
INSERT . The used coupons. He finds FLIGHT COUPONS.A SIGN: "LA GUARDIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT" EXT.. have the flight information.NIGHT Jack's looks out the window.MOMENTS LATER Jack barges in. intently watching buildings. goes to the desk. but I could look at fifty different bars. I'd like to see you in my office tomorrow morning. and somehow I just knew.) In every city. surrounded.. PLANE CABIN . The PHONE RINGS.. points)
. TAXI . JACK (to driver.. including the destination cities. INT. HANGS UP. PUSHES his way out of the room. barhopping..AN AIRPLANE TAKES OFF.O. JACK (V.NIGHT Jack hurries from the terminal. INT.) I went to the cities on Tyler's used tickets stubs...IN MOTION.. TYLER'S ROOM . INT. runs to a TAXI . JACK (V.DAY Jack sits stiffly in a seat.) I didn't know how or why.Jack backs away. rifling through drawers. in a panic. JACK (V. INSERT . AIRPORT . used and unused...O. Jack answers it.0. JACK Tyler? DETECTIVE STERN'S VOICE (from phone) This is Detective Stern of the arson unit. MID-CITY ... I branched out from the airport to downtown. Jack.
ATLANTA SKYLINE ..
BARTENDER I wish I could help you.. right here. INSERT . He sees several MALE PATRONS with FIGHT BRUISES. BAR . DRY CLEANERS . AIRPORT TERMINAL .I knew fight club was close.AERIAL VIEW ...O. BARTENDER Never heard of him.). sir..NIGHT JACK (V.O. INT. The bartender WINKS at Jack.) .. I find him.) Tyler was setting up franchises. JACK This is an emergency.NIGHT
Let me out.AERIAL VIEW .. is confronted by Jack.. INT.. INSERT .0.as soon as I set foot off the plane.. INT.CHICAGO SKYLINE .DAY The PROPRIETOR..DAY JACK (V.
Jack enters. INSERT .DALLAS SKYLINE . JACK I'm looking for Tyler Durden. Jack moves to the bar.NIGHT JACK (V. lugging his suitcase.) .Here.AERIAL VIEW .) Every city I went to. JACK
. all over the country. The BARTENDER has a broken arm and swollen face.. JACK (V.NIGHT Jack RUNS through the airport. his head bandaged.
I'm a member.O. BANDAGED PROPRIETOR I'm sorry. JACK Look at my face. I just need to know if you've seen Tyler Durden. The bus stops. INT. INT. OUT THE WINDOW. CITY BUS . nor would I. wipes his brow.DAY Jack sits on the bus. BANDAGED PROPRIETOR I'm not disclosed to bespeak any such information to you. shoves his way out the door. Jack is seated with TWO BRUISED PATRONS. incredibly frustrated. Jack looks around. you're disturbing the other patrons with your laudish behavior. looking out the window. He stops. you help me?
BANDAGED PROPRIETOR Sir.
JACK (V. BRUISED PATRON #1
. JACK You are a moron.DAY TVs show football. BANDAGED PROPRIETOR I'm afraid I have to insist you leave. I haven't the faintest idea what you're talking about. Jack gives up. even if I had said information you want. at this juncture be able. something horrible had been growing.I need to know where Tyler is. SPORTS BAR .) Under and behind and inside everything I took for granted. JACK (pointing) There's no one else here. a CONSTRUCTION WORKER with a BROKEN NOSE works a jackhammer.
O.PHOENIX SKYLINE . DANK BASEMENT . looks down.O. JACK That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
JACK (V. hailing a TAXI. walks ahead in the dim light.. INT.NIGHT Jack sits awake..CONTINUOUS Jack enters this dark basement.DAY Jack steps off the sidewalk. EXT.No one's ever seen him.
No one knows
BRUISED PATRON #2 He has facial reconstructive surgery every three years. At his feet -. Durden building an army? JACK (V. Everyone around him is asleep. AIRPLANE . He opens the doors. JACK (V. MID-TOWN STREETS . what he looks like.DRIED BLOOD on the concrete floor. The place is damp and empty.) Have I slept? I'm not sure if Tyler is my bad dream or if I'm Tyler's.O. Jack heaft to rusty CELLAR DOORS. EXT.. INSERT .AERIAL VIEW .. I felt I had already been there. ? INT.DAY The alleyway's deserted. heads down stairs.) Am I asleep. CITY ALLEY .O. looks around.) I was living in a state of perpetual deja vu..DAY
. JACK (V.) Everywhere I went. BRUISED PATRON #1 Is it true about fight club in Miami? BRUISED PATRON 12 Is Mr. Jack stops..
. It's tight as a drum. a GROUP of KITCHEN WORKERS solemnly stand in a circle.. opens it and peers in at. sir. The Bartender holds up his hand.
MAN'S VOICE (O.. chanting.. shows the KISS SCAR on the back of his hand. it's a test.DAY Jack walks in. Jack whirls. asking how good our security is.. who wears a NECK BRACE. his nose a smashed eggplant.) (from behind Jack) Welcome back. KITCHEN WORKERS His name is Robert Paulson. You know me? WOUNDED BARTENDER Is this a test.. WOUNDED BARTENDER How have you been? JACK . WOUNDED BARTENDER You're the one who did this to me. You're Mr. WOUNDED BARTENDER You were in here last Thursday night. JACK What? WOUNDED BARTENDER You were standing right where you are now. Durden.facing the wounded BARTENDER.... Tyler Durden.INT. ANOTHER BAR . startled -. The place is empty. JACK Who do you think I am? WOUNDED BARTENDER Is this part of the test? Jack nods slowly. He walks to a KITCHEN DOOR.
. is Robert Paulson..S. sir.. sir? JACK Yes..
runs to grab the phone. INT.. Have we. you want to know if I think we were just having sex or making love? JACK We did make love? MARLA Is that what you're calling it? JACK Answer the question! MARLA
.O.SAME Marla answers.JACK (V. MARLA'S ROOM ... MARLA
JACK Marla. for Christsake?! MARLA You mean. INTERCUT WITH. HOTEL ROOM . have we ever had sex? MARLA What kind of stupid question is that?! JACK Because the answer's "yes" or because the answer's "no?" MARLA Is this a trick? JACK Will you just answer me. punches a number.. doesn't bother to turn on the lamp.) Please return your seatbacks to their full upright and locked position.NIGHT Jack bursts inside. INT. out of breath. it's me.
You fuck me, then snub me. You love me, you hate me. You show me your sensitive side, then you turn into a total asshole! Is that a pretty accurate description of our relationship, Tyler? JACK (V.O.) We've just lost cabin pressure. JACK What did you say... ? MARLA What is wrong with you? JACK Say my name. MARLA What... ? JACK What's my name!?
Say my name!
MARLA Tyler Durden! Tyler Durden, you fucking freak. What's going on? coming over there... JACK Marla, no, wait... As Marla HANGS UP.
Jack stares at the receiver, dazed...
TYLER'S VOICE We've got six fight clubs in Chicago now... Jack spins, dropping the phone -- TYLER sits beside him. TYLER Four in Milwaukee. JACK What's this all about, Tyler? TYLER And, we're definitely filling a void in the rural South. JACK Why do people think I'm you?
TYLER You broke your promise. to her about me.
JACK Why do people think I'm Tyler Durden? TYLER Why did you do that? JACK Answer me, Tyler. TYLER Why do people think anything? JACK I don't know! Tell me! Tyler shakes his head in disgust, extremely irritated. TYLER People think that you're me, because you and I happen to share the same body. JACK What... ? TYLER Is this really news to you? JACK What are you talking about... ? TYLER Sometimes I control it, and you imagine yourself watching me... FLASHBACK - HALLWAY - NIGHT Commissioner Jacobs checks his tie in a mirror, goes to open the door of the MEN'S BATHROOM -- face to face with JACK. FLASHBACK - LOU'S BAR BASEMENT - NIGHT JACK stands surrounded by eager fight club MEMBERS, under the bare bulb, talking and behaving like Tyler... JACK The first rule of fight club is -you don't talk about fight club.
INT. HOTEL ROOM - RESUMING TYLER And, sometimes you control it... FLASHBACK - EXT. PAPER STREET HOUSE - DAY Jack stands in the yard, VODKA in hand, yells at Marla. JACK He's not here! Tyler's not here anymore! He's gone away! INT. HOTEL ROOM - RESUMING TYLER You can see me and hear me, but no one else can... FLASHBACK - CURBSIDE - NIGHT JACK sits alone on the curb, watching the nearby freeway. He talks to someone beside him, but nobody's there. JACK Anyone? (thinks) My boss, probably. (pause) Who would you fight? Jack listens, looks at the empty space beside him. JACK Oh, yeah. (nodding) I didn't really know my Dad... INT. HOTEL ROOM - RESUMING TYLER But, when you fall asleep, I do things without you... FLASHBACK - TYLER'S BEDROOM - NIGHT JACK is on top of Marla, sweating, making violent love... INT. HOTEL ROOM - RESUMING TYLER I go places without you.
. FLASHBACK .. mannerisms. Now look what you've done! JACK This isn't possible. TWO WINDOWS SHATTER OUTWARD -...TWO MEN look out and yell: BRUISED MAN #1 I am not my job! BRUISED MAN #2 I am not how much money I have in the bank! INT.. a little codependent... JACK (shouting) You are not your job... Ricky. JACK No! This isn't true...BUILDING .. speech. we were around other people. HOTEL ROOM . SPRAYING PAINT.. Jack shakes his head in disbelief.NIGHT The Parker Morris Building.
TYLER There! Happy? I asked for one thing from you. but.RESUMING Jack's having trouble catching his breath. what are you saying? TYLER It's okay. JACK What. JACK is "TYLER" in demeanor. one simple promise.. in denial. JACK. Angel Face and another GUY rappel down the side.. We. sure.. TYLER We're going to have to do something about Marla. Tyler stands.. Bob.
... both of us. We okay.... together.done. You are not how much money you have in the bank.
.PRE-DAWN Jack's eyes snap open. and nobody in the audience has any idea. looks at himself in the mirror..4:35am. INT.. TYLER Um.he suddenly FAINTS to the floor. JACK You took me to the house.. trying to find words. no. TYLER Night jobs -. you. trying to absorb. JACK Wrong.. JACK (V. wrong -. Jack stands. JACK You have jobs.. you're fucking her.O.. INT.. well. then -. HALLWAY The room door SLAMS OPEN as Jack bursts out of the room.what about the car crash.. feeling ill. looks at the clock -. TYLER The house is rented in your name. alone." The movie goes on.while you were sleeping.) It's called a "changeover. OUT COLD. the two guys in the backseat? TYLER What about them? They're lunatics. He remembers the previous night. HOTEL ROOM . He sits up. JACK What about Marla? TYLER What about Marla? JACK She's.
.. technically..TYLER You never talked to me in front of anyone else..
) Had I been going to bed earlier every night? Have I been sleeping later? Has Tyler been in charge longer and longer? EXT. BOOM .DAY
. INT.. passing the front desk.snatches the bill.. SPRINTING for the STAIRWELL. sir?
Yes. going to the desk -.when were these made? DESK CLERK It says right there. JACK Wait. at the bill. AIRPLANE CABIN .O. between two and three-thirty this morning. JACK (V. his suitcase half-broken open. JACK I need a copy of this. his face set hard..carrying his suitcase.behind him.. three steps at a time. INT.. PAPER STREET .. waves a PAPER.. freezes. JACK
Jack goes out the door. dragging his suitcase . A DESK CLERK calls after him.
The clerk follows the length of the counter. Jack looks at the clerk. at the clerk. studies it: many NUMBERS.. LOBBY Jack hurries to the front door. DESK CLERK Are you checking out? JACK
Sir.IN FLIGHT . BOOM..DAY Jack stares out the window.BOOM. STAIRWELL Jack races down. INT. DESK CLERK Please initial this list of phone calls. He rushes back in. sir..
all over again. pulls out the HOTEL BILL. JACK Excuse me? VOICE Don't worry about us. sir.O. JACK
Wait here. VOICE Very good. LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN . BEAKERS.
Jack leaps out.." INT. He continues on into the KITCHEN. Sir." JACK
Who is this?
Maintenance. There are HOSES.A TAXI halts. something terrible. phone to his ear. PAPER ST. Jack sees a file on the wall: "1888 CENTURY PARK EAST. JACK (V. there's been a mix-up. GAS MASKS. something is going to happen.. HOUSE. runs his finger up and down the list of PHONE NUMBERS.
INT. points to the GRUNGY CABBIE.
JACK Now wait.) Deja vu. He picks up a BOTTLE labeled "NITRIC ACID. gawks at BATHTUBS and CANISTERS holding vast amounts of liquid. TEST TUBES and PUMPS. He dials.. TYLER'S ROOM Jack sits by the PHONE.
JACK Listen. solid..MOMENTS LATER Jack walks in to find the place EMPTY and DESERTED... Jack finger stops on a NUMBER.
VOICE (from phone) Eighteen-eighty-eight.
Marla. desperately dials the next number on the bill. sees Jack getting out of the cab. MARLA The were burning their fingertips with lye.. VOICE You told me you'd say that... EXT. too. VOICE You told me you'd say that.SUNSET Jack's TAXI halts.
MARLA Your whacked-out. laden with files." He throws the phone.. catching up.. Jack sees a file: "2160 PICO BOULEVARD. JACK
Marla makes a sharp turn. JACK Abort the plan. walking away.Everything's changed. pocketing the bill.. Jack follows. Jack HANGS UP. He grabs up all the FILES. I.. I thought they were going to break my arm. The stink was unbelievable. MARLA'S HOTEL . JACK I'm sorry. Maintenance. bald freaks hit me with a fucking broom. DIFFERENT VOICE (front phone) Twenty-one-sixty. hugging the files to his chest. you said you might. Marla walks out of the lobby doors. sir. JACK Did I tell you I'd call you a fascist dickhead?! VOICE Well..
MARLA Here comes an avalanche of bullshit. alright. sir. JACK Absolutely.
JACK -. Jack follows. then I'm out of here. MARLA Then. MARLA Why is it free of charge? JACK Because. WAITER Sir! Anything you order is free of charge.. you have every right. It's going to take a tremendous act of faith on your part for you to hear me out. need you to do me a favor. Jack sits across from her.. I'm Tyler Durden. I need to talk to you....
MARLA I don't want to hear anything you've got to say. A WAITER with a BLACK EYE appears at the table.. JACK Give me a minute. just sixty seconds. fried chicken and a baked potato with everything and a chocolate chiffon pie.
. MARLA Sixty seconds...A little more faith than that..MOMENTS LATER Marla sits in a BOOTH.JACK Marla. Marla.. Marla heads into a DINER. MARLA I've done you enough favors. I'll have the clam chowder. INT. DINER .
please. putting her back in her seat. MARLA You're Dr. no clam chowder. I know this. I know it's been like there's two sides to me.
The waiter snaps to attention and leaves. MARLA Whatever. (to waiter) I'll take my food to go. sir. MARLA You got about thirty seconds.. may I advise against the lady eating the clam chowder? JACK Thanks. Marla's getting up to go.Jack look to the pass-through WINDOW into the kitchen where THREE COOKS look out with STITCHES in their faces. I've. fed up.. Anyway. I've only just realized MARLA What? JACK I mean..... JACK Sit down and give me my
. takes her by the arm. but Jack rises.. Jeckle and Mr.
JACK I deserve that. unwell. JACK (takes a deep breath) I know that I've been. the depth and breadth of our relationship has only recently been illuminated for me... WAITER In that case.. I know us hasn't been such a great thing for you. JACK Clean food.
Two sides? Jackass.
Marla's getting upset.. Leave as soon as possible. heading for the door. JACK Marla.. I just can't.last fifteen seconds without opening your mouth! Marla crosses her arms. away from any major city.
JACK I'm trying to tell you -.MOMESTS LATER Jack pushes out the door. EXT.and this is where you have to trust me -. MARLA No.. This is killing me. Go to any rural town. runs to follow.. no.. MARLA What?! You're sorry? I don't believe that for a minute. Tyler. but I can't do this anymore. MARLA What? JACK You have to get out of here. JACK I can't explain. Jack gathers his files.. DINER . but I. Jack grabs for her. shut up! I've had enough.. MARLA There's a part of you I really like. files under one arm. I think your life might be in real danger.. Jack collects himself..but. but she's gone. I tried. You wouldn't believe me anyway. I'm trying to
.. catching up. JACK I'm sorry.... Marla gets up... tears coming to her eyes. I have tried. MARLA You are an insane person..
and I promise you. (digs in his pocket) Here.. Do this for me.. numb. afraid to look.protect you. JACK Take this money.. Marla. As they approach it. if that's what you want... walks towards the bus.
.... tries to hail a TAXI.. Get on the bus... MARLA Why are you doing this? JACK I can't let myself see where you're going. but the taxi races past.
Get on the bus.. I'll never bother you again.. Go wherever it takes you... MARLA Let go of me! JACK Do this for me. He pulls MONEY from his pocket. remember. (pointing to bus) Get on. if that's what it takes.. Please. Jack spots a BUS idling further up the street. MARLA Leave me alone! I don't ever want to see you again! JACK Okay... get on this bus.. keep away from major cities. MARLA
Tyler. Jack shields his eyes. Jack grabs her arm.
JACK I'm begging you. Marla looks at Jack... if you never do anything else. you'll never have to see me again. here. holding it out.. Marla pulls free. screaming at him..
Marla takes the money from Tyler.
Marla gets on the bus... files-flying. I consider it "asshole tax. Jack SPRINTS after the bus. Space Monkeys subdue Marla. Jack's still covering his eyes. The BUS LEAVES.. at least. Just.. Jack seems relieved. JACK Son of a bitch! INT. Jack turns. MARLA You are the worst thing that ever happened to me. heartbroken. a SCREAM is HEARD from MARLA. INT.. INTERROGATION ROOM .. Then. DOORS HISS SHUT. POLICE STATION .Marla stands at the doors of the bus.. JACK (loudly) I want you to arrest me.. heading away. I'm the leader of a terrorist organization responsible for acts of vandalism all over the city.
Jack falls to the asphalt. dumps the armload of files on the desk in front of the DESK SERGEANT.. crazed. MARLA Tyler. Stay away a couple of weeks.. Detective Stern in arson knows who I am.. gives one last look at Jack.DAY Jack RUNS to the front desk.." JACK Yes. The bus speeds away. THROUGH THE BUS WINDOWS: the bus is filled with BALD MEN IN BLACK: Space Monkeys. fine. get on.LATER
. Jack finally looks to her. looks. Onboard. MARLA (holds up the money) I'm not paying this back. rolls.
who's seated. then. the remaining Detectives smile at Jack with REVERENCE. tosses them
.Detective Stern and THREE DETECTIVES stand. STERN (to other detectives) Keep him talking. I believe. Check this address: 1537 Paper Street. You'll find the body of Robert Paulson buried in the garden. The plan. They're tightly-regimented. even you. JACK There are probably several hundred members in the metropolitan area. Flat-Top has a rubber band. STERN Why these buildings? JACK You are not your job. we got to get his balls. You're a brave man to order this. with many cells capable of operating without a central leader. Stern leaves. Flat-Top PULLS Jack's pants completely off. A beat. JACK What? REDHEAD DETECTIVE You're a genius. They grab Jack and force him on his back on the table. You are not how much money you have in the bank. You said if anyone ever tries to interfere with Project Mayhem. is to blow up these credit card headquarters and the TRW building. You'll also find numerous tubs used to make gallons of nitroglycerin. BALD DETECTIVE You know the drill. FLAT-TOP DETECTIVE I really admire what you're doing. staring at Jack. On the table are the phone bill and files. Chapters are sprouting in at least five other major cities. the Bald Detective has a knife. sir.
REDHEAD This is really a powerful gesture. too. Let's go to the place on Paper Street. Mr. you're making a mistake! FLAT-TOP You told us you'd say that. Durden. Flat-Top slaps a hand over Jack's mouth..
. JACK I'm not Tyler Durden! BALDY You told us you'd say that.
FLAT-TOP It's useless to fight. BALDY Is somebody timing this? REDHEAD (looks at his watch) Wait till the second hand gets to the twelve. JACK Okay.aside. BALDY What's our best time for a "cut and run?" FLAT-TOP Four minutes.
Jack SCREAMS. He and Redhead block view of the table as Baldy opens the door a crack. It'll set quite an example. Stern mutters: STERN Some of this info checks out.
Flat-Top holds his legs.. A KNOCK at the door. JACK No. I am Tyler Durden and I'm ordering you to abort the mission! FLAT-TOP You said you would definitely say that.
. he's choking. falls. looks -. gun in hand. EXT. He lifts a cast iron bench. INT. Jack grabs one of the files off the table. INT. KICKS. EXT.. closing the door. stops. he rises.. in BOXER SHORTS. searching. The bench immediately recoils from the glass. He bolts to the STAIRS. looks.DAY Jack. POLICE STATION . The two remaining Detectives continue. Locked. Redhead lets go of one of Jack's arms. STREET Jack SPRINTS down the middle of the street. sweating and panting. SHOOTS the glass. but with more difficulty. now that Baldy's gone. Cars almost hit him. Jack kicks and screams and writhes. looking like a complete madman. then heads toward the BUILDING with the address "1888. "PARKING" door.. Then. EXT..RAMS it into the glass. pulls Redhead's GUN and points it at him. Durden.." EXT. GROUND LEVEL .NO CARS. escapes out the BACK DOOR. Jack's face reddens. The Detectives wrangle him.. 1888 LOBBY Jack pushes through the broken glass. PISTOL-WHIPS Flat-top as he rises. without pants. 1888 LOBBY Jack tries the door. you're going to fuck up the time! Jack gets one leg free.LATER Jack..PARKING Jack enters. leaves... Jack gets up.. SLAMS Jack's groin! Jack falls to his knees. Redhead backs off. BANK BUILDING . knocks Flat-top backwards -Flat-Top SLAMS the wall. He sprints for the
.. doubled over. cutting off the airway.Baldy glances back at the other Detectives. runs forward -. gasping for air.. He looks at the ADDRESS on the file folder.. Jack's free hand reaches. REDHEAD (checking his watch) Mr.. jams his elbow into Jack's throat. holding his package.
NINE LARGE CANISTERS.. There's a DIGITAL CLOCK. Again... ticking down from "10:05".. heavily-WIRED.. JACK (points at bomb) You. TYLER ... frantic. maybe it couldn't be. searching.INT. TYLER What a ridiculous thing to say... He walks around it..to let this happen! JACK Stop finishing..stop me? JACK I'm not going... JACK I can't let you.SEVENTH FLOOR Jack enters.go through with this? What are you going to do? JACK I'm going to. heaving.Tyler's seated. TYLER You could be standing under 37 stories of steel and concrete with a 150 gallons of nitroglycerin strapped to the support. Jack looks -... He moves from one SUPPORT POST to another.. Jack moves to pull the lid off one CANISTER..
. TOP-LEVEL PARKING AREA . you can't be serious about this.... Jack runs to the BOMB.. his back against one post. TYLER Could be worse. across the garage.... TYLER . oh. looks inside. TYLER .. He finally spies. NO CARS.
GREEN. Unless you know which wires. He starts finger the MANY WIRES. maybe I knew you'd know. sorting them. TYLER Or. Jack chooses one wire. uses both hands to go through the tangle of colored wires.TYLER . TYLER Maybe. JACK If I'm wrong.... crosses his arms. Everything's proceeding exactly as planned. Jack looks back to the BOMB..
.. TYLER I wouldn't be doing that. so I spent the whole day thinking about the wrong ones. Jack holds his gun under one armpit. Tyler gets up walks to Jack.your sentences! They're our sentences. goes to it.. holds it in his fingers. TYLER What are you doing running through the streets in your underpants? We both use that body. JACK You don't know that. There could still be people inside. Get your mind around that. JACK Since when is Project Mayhem about murder? TYLER The buildings were evacuated thirty minutes ago. Tyler keeps walking around.. in what order. Maybe a couple of guys with shaved heads couldn't synchronize their watches. we're both dead. JACK If you know. wipes sweat off his face. I know. Good riddance.
TYLER That's the wrong one. Pull anything but the green wire..
TYLER See for yourself. carried by SIX SPACE MONKEYS. gun in hand. TYLER Did you say green?
Tyler comes a little closer. They carry Marla into the BUILDING'S ENTRANCE. Jack leans against the railing. keeps an eye on Tyler.. swallowing. TYLER Hear that? Marla's here.
TYLER Don't pull the green wire.. seems genuinely concerned.. JACK
Yes... Jack looks over the railing. JACK Fuck you. MARLA You motherfuckers.. leaning to try to get a look.
I'm serious. The doors open and MARLA'S dragged out. JACK I'm pulling the green wire. Jack twists the GREEN WIRE around his finger.. pulling the wire taunt. The SOUND of a VEHICLE is HEARD from below..
.. eh? Jack looks to Tyler. Jack releases the wire.
Jack's unsure.TYLER This is not about martyrdom. walks to a RAILING. kicking and screaming..
Tyler points towards the SOUND. exhausted. BELOW. a BUS idles. fingers trembling.. the nick of time.
Jack looks at the gun in his hand. there will be casualties. a hole in his head.TYLER I've got everything.. (looks at his watch) Seven minutes. shrugs.. You need to get with the program. JACK Bob is dead.
I quit. your plan? Tyler thinks. Let's get out of here. Tyler stops walking.
TYLER (still walking away) What? JACK (COCKS the gun) Defuse the bomb. army. Wouldn't that be implicit in the name? Project "Mayhem. I've got Marla. The bombs. TYLER You want out? JACK
I want out. JACK He
Tyler. Tyler. for the most obvious of reasons.
TYLER Not an option.
. Tyler's walks away.. points the gun at Tyler.. In any great struggle.
The police blew Was that part of
TYLER Bob was a grown man." JACK Fuck your struggle. TYLER Ask me nicely.
moves around the post. As a gesture. FIRES!
Tyler DODGES behind a post as the BULLET THROWS CONCRETE.. please.JACK Defuse the bomb. Now. takes slow steps. yanks it out -. impossibly quick. moving the gun from side to side. Jack aims the gun at Tyler's back... TYLER Defuse the bomb? JACK Yes. remember.. reaches over to it.
Please.. Jack's stunned.. If you're going to get them all. Jack lowers his gun. Tyler is NOT THERE. Tyler spins to face Jack.
Tyler looks at the BOMB. how fast can you run? There are ten other bombs. Tyler walks across the parking garage. Jack edges forward.. JACK Jack trains the gun.the CLOCK STOPS. Jack falls. (looks at watch) Six minutes.
He grips the
TYLER I did that for you. gun held in both hands. GREEN WIRE. Green wires. a FIST ENTERS FRAME -.. past Jack.. heading for the STAIRS.. I'll be upstairs... Jack turns. TYLER What was that all about?
Whoa! Jack aims. Suddenly. The gun goes CLATTERING across the floor. avoiding.
. Tyler strides towards the BOMB.SLUGS Jack's face. you better get cracking. in ten other buildings in the immediate area. FIRES! Tyler ducks to one side.
kicks open ANOTHER DOOR. CUT TO: INT. sees Tyler run into the STAIRWELL. They FIGHT.. TYLER What did you expect? Jack charges.. PUNCHES. Jack grabs the gun and follows.. grappling. STAIRWELL Jack smashes the door open.nothing happens to Tyler. INT.. Tyler manages to get his hands around Jack's throat. ON ONE MONITOR: Jack is seen in the lobby. alone. INT. Jack rolls. He looks up.Jack turns. MAIN LOBBY Tyler and Jack fight viciously..no effect. Jack clenches his teeth. laughing. scrambles to his feet. then swings his right hand -.. on the floor. Tyler KICKS Jack in the chest.PUNCHING himself in the side of the head. TYLER Fire at will. starts BANGING Jack's head against the floor. bloodied. MAIN LOBBY Jack steps forward. gun up... Tyler's GONE. knocks the gun out of Jack's hand. Jack gets to his feet.. Tyler raises his arms. gun. SECURITY OFFICE . The stairwell's empty.. punching empty air.CONTINUOUS Banks of SECURITY MONITORS sit unmanned. wrestling himself.. looking. taking each other to the floor... He swings his left hand up. trading PUNCHES. Jack drops to the floor. TWO INTERLOCKED HANDS SLAM down onto his head. running to pick up the gun. Jack RUNS up a flight of stairs. holding his chest. Jack looks to the gun... INT. aims his
. Tyler dodges.... sends Jack sprawling. Tyler backs away. FIRING -. Jack FIRES TWICE -.
V.TRACKS in the sawdust of the floor. Jack receives a SHARP SLAP on the back of the head.THROWS him DOWN THE STAIRS. Jack freezes. MAIN LOBBY Jack manages to break Tyler's grip. He
JACK'S P.Tyler's NOT THERE. looks around with his eyes. breathing hard. . He wheels. trying to focus his eyes. Jack TUMBLES horribly down.Tyler PUNCHES his face. A TAP on his shoulder. disappears around a corner... RUNS. SECURITY MONITOR P. -.
..O..V.WHAM! -. holding his head.. over and over. Tyler comes forward. SWINGS.. INT. Jack PASSES OUT. turning the corner -. BANGING his own head against the floor.O. follows.SECURITY MONITOR P. above the lobby. Tyler grabs Jack's shirt. Tyler reaches the LOFT LEVEL... striking his head on the floor.. his arm around him. Jack turns around -..O. Jack gets up. PULL BACK TO: Tyler is seated in Jack's lap.. MAIN LOBBY Jack's dazed. Tyler springs to his feet. CLOSE ON: Jack tries to comprehend.TOP FLOOR CLOSE ON: Jack's head jerks back as he SNAPS AWAKE. SWINGS HIM -. Tyler isn't there. This huge room is being remodeled.. LARGE SOCIAL ROOM .. Jack's got his hands around his own throat.V. Jack PUNCHES himself square in the nose! INT. Tyler and Jack are seated near floor-to-ceiling windows affording a spectacular view of the CITY. looks around.. pulls him forward.. Tyler holds the gun in Jack's mouth. heading for a STAIRCASE. FADE TO BLACK: INT. PUTS THE GUN IN JACK'S MOUTH. Jack falls against the loft railing. ON THE STAIRS. from where his body was dragged across to where he is how... He turns his head -TYLER'S HAND brings the GUN up. Jack's right behind.. KICKS Tyler away. HITS BOTTOM.
) I think this is about where we came in. TYLER
One minute. Jack turns. (looks at watch) This is it. One step closer to global equilibrium.nnyin. to mark the occasion..... I'm glad you're here with me... ff.. JACK i. Tyler checks his watch. (checks watch) Thirty seconds. Tyler watches the skyline. so he can see down -.Tyler looks at his watch. waiting. ann.O..
.31 STORIES... WHISTLES at tune. We're at ground zero. ? TYLER It's out of our hands. JACK (still distorted) I still can't think of anything. Jack tongues the barrel to the side of his mouth. TYLER Look what we've accomplished. JACK (distorted) Can't you call it off.
JACK (V.. we will view the economic collapse. TYLER It's getting exciting now.. Maybe you should say a few words.iinn.. TYLER (looking out window) This is the beginning. (looks out windows) Out these windows.
Can you see alright? 10... TYLER 5... 4.. 3.JACK Please. lets out a sigh of disgust. Your merry band mixed the nitro with paraffin. Out the window. allows himself a smile. Tyler rises.
JACK (relieved) Paraffin.. taking the gun from Jack's mouth. Jack rubs his sore jowls. (more) JACK (cont) They must've run out of cotton and Epsom salt. 9. excited. 2. TYLER Fifteen seconds now.. the SKYLINE remains unchanged.. Jack closes his eyes. Paraffin is iffy at best... despairing.. A very dark scowl comes over Tyler's face.. long beat. surprised. Jack opens his eyes. He reaches
. at SURROUNDING BUILDINGS.
JACK Not exactly according to plan. starts pacing.? JACK Tyler looks genuinely A
Paraffin. TYLER Do we have to do everything ourselves?! Tyler stops walking... 8. More waiting. Tyler looks out the windows. TYLER God-damn it.. pissed-off. TYLER What the fuck -. I saw it floating in the bomb. Nothing.....
taking out a WALKIE TALKIE.. Jack falters. Passcode First Strike.... Tyler's getting to his feet. JACK Why. turns. Jack holds his head. maybe you're my hallucination. TYLER Fuck that.. Jack STRIKES Tyler's face repeatedly with his elbow.. TYLER (into WALKIE TALKIE) .TACKLES Tyler.. walks around. why... annoyed. Jack's eyes go wide. drops the walkie-talkie to the floor and STOMPS on it.. Jack gets the gun. Bullets pass right thorough Tyler.. Jack leaps -.. Codename Rooster.into his pocket. why. pointing it.. you're psychogenic fugue state. TYLER (into WALKIE TALKIE) Proceed with remote detonation.. Tyler just rolls his eyes. at his wit's end.. JACK (pointing) How'd you do that?! You're a fucking figment of my imagination. Christ. Jack looks down. The GUN is knocked away.. JACK NO.. There's no walkietalkie there.. sees the WALKIE-TALKIE CRUSHED under his own foot. CRUSHING it.. scrambles off.. TYLER Haven't we already done this? Jack SHOOTS TWICE. Jack stands. sees the gun. pointing at Tyler's feet.. JACK Oh.. ? TYLER
I won't.. TYLER Look... we do it together.. From here on out.. JACK No. numb and weary..Why what? JACK Why can't I get rid of you? can't I just wish you away? TYLER You need me. JACK Noooo. TYLER No more running off without you. I've gotten all I can from this. no. you will be right back where I found you.. TYLER From now on.. JACK I swear on my life.. I really do.. JACK .. JACK Please understand. We've been spending too much time apart. Jack backs up against a window. I know that... Tyler. I don't.. no. (pause) I thank you.. please. no. TYLER (sullen) If I leave.. Thank you. no. but I don't need you anymore. JACK Why are you doing this?! TYLER I'm doing this for us.
. I can be selfish. (pause) I'm not blind to my own failings. we'll share Marla.
. Tyler is calm. He
Jack stares at Tyler.. slowly walks forward. stands very close to Jack.
Tyler smiles in appreciation. feel strongly too. Our mouth. you and me. hangs his head. Tyler cocks his head.. (pause)
. TYLER I can see you feel very strongly. TYLER This is interesting.You will. (pause) Hey. PUTS THE GUN IN HIS MOUTH.... looks at the gun in his hand. tears welling up. Jack brings the gun up. Jack COCKS the hammer on the gun. TYLER What are you doing? JACK What have you left for me? TYLER Why do you want to do that? Why do you want to put that gun in your mouth? JACK Not my mouth. then. Ikeaboy? JACK It's the only way to get rid of you.
TYLER You know you will.. TYLER Can you live with that? Jack stares at the gun a long time.. TYLER Why are you going with this.
? Jack slumps to the floor.. a GROUP of SPACE MONKEYS burst into the room.. Tyler hits the ground.. a ragged hole Long silence. RESUME NORMAL SPEED as the GLASS FALLS behind Jack.. in gunsmoke. Tyler falls. revealing blood. TYLER What's that smell. TYLER What? JACK My eyes are open. EXTREME SLOW MOTION: Jack's finger squeezes the trigger.. TYLER What? JACK Appreciate something.. moving forward to Jack. sir.. His eyes bulge. KABLAM! -..Friends again? Their eyes are locked. Tyler stands. Suddenly.. skull and brain. BLOOD flies out from his head. SMOKE wafts out of his mouth and tear ducts.. eyes glazed. TALL SPACE MONKEY Are you all right... The WINDOW behind him SHATTERS.. sniffs the air.Jack's cheeks INFLATE with gas.. The back of TYLER'S HEAD is BLOWN OPEN. holding the side of his head. unblinking. TYLER'S BODY IS GONE... JACK Do something for me. ?! Jack quakes. TYLER What? JACK Look at me.
Jack and Marla are left alone. saluting. Now!
The rest of
The Monkeys bring Marla. JACK Get to the rendezvous point. releasing her. Space Monkeys are leaving.
He's bleeding hard. tries to get to his feet. ANOTHER SPACE MONKEY Sir. Jack tries to got up. ? JACK
Jack looks to the Space Monkeys. them to Jack's wound. hesitantly..blown in his CHEEK.
Marla crouches. MARLA My God. TWO SPACE MONKEYS enter with Marla.. JACK Bring the girl to me. falls... sir! What's happened? JACK Everything's fine. but he's alive. you look really awful! Do you need medical assistance? Jack sees Marla. MARLA What happened. you get out. takes out wadded TISSUES and tries to apply. JACK Yes.. Marla helps him. trying to get his eyes to see... SHORT SPACE MONKEY Are you sure? You look terrible. you're shot. One holds a gun to Marla as she struggles. JACK
MARLA Who did this to you?
.. and ANOTHER BUILDING.. But.. LOSE the sprocket holes... then ADVANCES ONE FRAME at a TIME -... Jack and Marla are silhouetted against the SKYLINE. ANOTHER BUILDING IMPLODES and COLLAPSES inward. MASSIVE EXPLOSION. I'm okay.. Then. Jack looks to Marla. RESUME NORMAL SPEED.SHOWING SPROCKET HOLES on the SIDES. and ANOTHER. reaches to take her hand. JACK I'm sorry. Then. EACH FRAME is an IMPLODING BUILDING -.. Jack and Marla look -. I'm fine.... SPEED UP the frames.OUT THE WINDOWS: a BUILDING EXPLODES. you met me at a very strange time in my life. ONE FRAME IS A PENIS. collapsing upon itself... the IMPLODING BUILDING again.then.JACK I did.. Marla looks at him. FADE TO BLACK: end
... The FILM SLOWS. the glass walls rattle. I think. ANOTHER BUILDING IMPLODES into a massive cloud of dust.