In Fight Club, why is the blackmail scene different in the movie from the version in the book? Was this script changed for screenplay, or rather the director? What was the motivation here for the shift? In the book this takes place in chapter 15:

Tyler first goes to the union president of his job as projectionist. When Tyler speaks to the Union President, this huge fellow beats the shit out of Tyler, much alike the movie scene in Lu's basement. Immediately after this, Tyler sets the narrator to go to the man in charge at the Pressman Hotel were he's a waiter. So the narrator does his blackmail, but at the hotel (not the insurance company like in the movie), and gives some interesting strong lines, even almost repeated from Tyler's lines: "You have so much, and I have nothing." It leaves a harsher and more class-political idea than in the movie.

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    An answer to this question would be broad enough to address why do many movies don't recreate scenes exactly as in the book.Similar(I am not saying duplicate):movies.stackexchange.com/questions/15318/… Also somewhat related :movies.stackexchange.com/questions/3146/… Jun 20, 2016 at 8:20
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    the surprise in this case is that there ary many many features identical to the original book. that's why it might seem interesting to leave certain features different, which make plenty subtle and other somewhat strong political differences in implication.
    – nilon
    Jun 20, 2016 at 16:20

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The ending has some reasons for changes. Perhaps some more context may serve to understand other general differences that may make the novel more political and down-pitched).

  • in the novel it is unclear if the Narrator is truly free of Tyler. Some scholars have suggested that the last chapter [of the book] may even be narrated by Tyler instead of the Narrator. The implications of such an ending in the film may have been seen by the filmmakers to be too depressing for movie-going audiences.
  • Fincher himself has admitted that he wanted the audience to like Tyler but not to miss him when he is gone. Tyler's commitment to his ideology is still strong in the film but Pitt's Tyler is not quite as dark as Palahniuk's.
  • When Tyler describes the hunter-gatherer/pre-agrarian society he wishes to return to there is the impression that Tyler vision, while still dangerous, is ultimately intended to free people. In the novel, Tyler gives almost the exact same speech to the Narrator but it is clear that this new world will be led by Tyler.

The purpose of Project Mayhem was also fuzzy in comparison between mediums. Yahoo:

In the novel Project Mayhem was to slow down humanity's technological advancement by artificially causing another Dark Age. This is referred to in the film, however, in the bedroom scene after the car crash.

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