Cops Prevent Explosions & Arrest All Baddies in New Alternative Version of Fight Club
19:14 GMT 25.01.2022 (Updated: 08:57 GMT 26.01.2022)
© AP Photo / Nick UtCostumes from the film, "Fight Club," worn by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are on display at the press preview of the "Hollywood Costume" exhibition Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Los Angeles
© AP Photo / Nick Ut
The “new” ending also mentions that Tyler Durden was sent to a “lunatic asylum” after “psychological treatment” and was discharged in 2012.
A version of the 1999 film Fight Club starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt that recently became available on the Tencent Video streaming platform in China features an alternative ending.
In the original ending, Norton's character, The Narrator, manages to “kill” his alter-ego Tyler Durden, played by Pitt, but is unable to stop the latter's anarchist Project Mayhem, with the film's final scene showing multiple buildings being destroyed by explosions.
The Tencent version, however, replaces the aforementioned destruction spectacle with a black screen bearing the following message which says that the police “rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding."
FIGHT CLUB’s ending for the Chinese release (on Tencent Video) was changed to this and now I’m waiting for someone to fanfic a sequel based on this censored ending. pic.twitter.com/zYB0bY3Dlp— Courtney Howard @ #Sundance (@Lulamaybelle) January 24, 2022
The message also states that Tyler was sent to a “lunatic asylum” after trial for “psychological treatment” and was discharged in 2012.
According to The Guardian, the new ending does not sit well with a number of social media users, some of whom mused that "Fight Club on Tencent Video tells us that they don’t just delete scenes, but add to the plot too.”
The newspaper also notes that it wasn't immediately clear whether this change was ordered by “government censors” or made by the original movie's producers.