Fight Club has a fairly happy ending in a new Chinese edit of the film. Per Vice, the cult classic flick from director David Fincher was given an entirely different ending with a new online release in China. Imported films are often altered to always conclude with law enforcement always winning in the end, and with the ending of Fight Club unacceptable as-is, the movie was also edited with an abrupt new ending.
In the original ending, released in U.S. theaters in 1999, the Narrator (Edward Norton) kills his split personality, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), after realizing the character’s true nature. The film then ends with Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) and the Narrator watching the buildings outside explode, a part of Tyler’s plans to erase debt by destroying buildings that contain credit card records. This ending was completely replaced with a simple text graphic that claims that the bombs were defused and everything pretty much worked out in the end for everyone.
The caption reads: “Through the clue provided by Tyler, the police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding. After the trial, Tyler was sent to lunatic asylum receiving psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012.”
It’s not clear if the Chinese government ordered this new edit or if these steps were merely taken as a precaution, though Vice reports that the film was edited by the copyright owner and approved by the government before being sold to streaming sites. Both Tencent Video and Disney declined to comment on the situation. A lot of attention was brought to the situation regardless as screenshots of the new ending had gone viral on social media.
Fight Club Is Considered to Be One of Cinema History’s Greatest Movies
Based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel, Fight Club was written by Jim Uhls and directed by David Fincher. It follows Edward Norton as an unnamed narrator who forms a “fight club” with soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), the number one rule of which is that you can’t talk about it. The film, which is particularly well-known for its twist ending, is widely seen in retrospect as one of the defining movies of its era, despite initially coming up short at the box office.
Just recently, the film was trending on Twitter after the death of Meat Loaf. The late rocker and actor’s co-star Edward Norton took to Twitter to share a photo of himself with Meat Loaf in Fight Club. Norton explained how he always kept that photo around in his office as it made him smile every time he saw it.
In the tweet, Norton writes, “I don’t keep pictures from films around home. But I have this one in my office in a frame bc it makes me smile every time. It’s engraved ‘Love and Hugs, Meat’ it sums him up well. He was so funny. And gentle. And warm to everyone. A sweet soul. RIP Meat Loaf.”