American Psycho Remake in the Works
12.11.11 by BJSprecher
The movie that first made us sit up and take notice of the acting chops of Christian Bale and forever changed our perception of the '80s pop song "Hip to Be Square" by Huey Lewis and the News, American Psycho, is getting a modern-day remake. According to Variety, Lionsgate is "in the early stages of development" on a new, low-budget adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 dark psychological thriller and satirical novel about a yuppie serial killer that inspired the Bale-led movie. The project was originally pitched to Lionsgate by commercial director and David Fincher protége Noble Jones, who recently submitted a script to the studio and is on tap to direct.
The original American Psycho adaptation was co-written by director Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner, who also starred in the movie. It takes place during the Wall Street boom of the late '80s and centers around a young investment banker named Patrick Bateman (Bale) who is as psychotic as he is vain. Like Ellis' novel, the ending of the movie leaves the viewer questioning whether the numerous bloody murders committed by Bateman actually happened or simply played out in his mind. The cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Joshua Lucas, Justin Theroux, Chloë Sevigny, Jared Leto and Willem Dafoe.
Here's the trailer for the home video release of the original American Psycho adaptation: