20th Century Fox Film Corp/ Everett Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in fight club (1999)
More than 20 years after its release, fight clubThe strict rules of do not extend to maintaining its original purpose internationally.
The 1999 cult classic – starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter – has a completely different ending for its online release in China, with the police emerging victorious, multiple outlets report, including Variety.
A title card at the end of the film, released via Tencent Video, reads, “The police quickly figured out the whole plan and arrested all the criminals, successfully preventing the bomb explosion,” by Variety.
“After the trial, Tyler was sent to an insane asylum. [sic] receiving psychological treatment. He was released from hospital in 2012,” the card concludes.
Representatives for Disney (the company that owns 20th Century Studios – formerly 20th Century Fox, the film’s distribution company) and Tencent Video did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock Brad Pitt in fight club (1999)
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Released in 1999, fight club (based on the book of the same name, by Chuck Palahniuk) tells the story of a “Narrator”, played by 52-year-old Norton, while Pitt’s Tyler Durden is a mental projection of him.
Bonham Carter, 55, plays Durden’s love interest (and, in turn, the narrator), Marla Singer.
In the original ending, the Narrator “kills” his alter ego Tyler by shooting him in his own mouth, before he and Marla stand up and watch the buildings explode around them.
The film (and the novel) have been widely discussed and debated over its themes and messages about anarchy and capitalism.
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The Fincher-directed film’s initial negative reception came as a surprise at the time to Pitt, 58, who said in 2020 that he remembered seeing audience members “slowly get up from their seats and no one is talking. and they kind of disappear from the projection.”
He added during his interview on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, “I remember looking at Fincher and going, ‘Oh my God, what did we do? What happened?’ I thought that—was great.”
Later that same month, Pitt joked during his Maltin Modern Master Award acceptance speech, “I can’t remember the first rule of fight club“, referencing the famous line from the film.
During the SAG Awards that month, Pitt reunited with Carter. In a photo of the sweet moment, the former partners were all smiles as they enjoyed a friendly chat and hug at the ceremony in Los Angeles.