Writing Comics Makes Chuck Palahniuk A Better Screenplay Writer

Entertainment Weekly ran an interview with Chuck Palhniuk about the upcoming collection of his and Cameron Stewart‘s comic book Fight Club 2 and unveiling this trailer for said title.

Palahniuk also revealed how writing this comic helped him with the screenplay for the movie version of his novel Lullaby, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

“Writing a comic taught me that no one enjoys my pontificating so I’d better make something happen,” Palahniuk says. “Going back to Lullaby required creating physical tasks to play in every scene. Gesture is stronger than dialogue and dialogue beats voiceover, so like in a comic I amped up the screenplay by minimizing talk and adding non-verbal communication that will play better in film. That said fingers are crossed for the film.”

Understanding Comics is a set text at film schools, could this kind of thinking see a spate of screenwriters attempt to improve their skills via the medium of comic books?

Again, can we get Aaron Sorkin to write a superhero comic?

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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