American Psycho Remake on its Way

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American Psycho Remake on its WayAnd the remake train keeps right on chugging along. Next stop: a new take on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 satirical novel American Psycho! Excited? Confused? Bewildered? Feel the urge to check out the thickness of the paper used to make your business card?

According to Variety Lionsgate has tapped Noble Jones to write and direct a reimagining of American Psycho, which Mary Harron previously adapted in 2000 as a feature starring Christian Bale.

The project, which has not yet been greenlit at Lionsgate, is currently in the early stages of development at the studio.

Set in Manhattan during the Wall Street boom of the late 1980s, American Psycho concerns the daily life of Patrick Bateman, a wealthy investment banker by day who becomes a homicidal maniac by night.

Jones pitched the project to Lionsgate several months ago and recently turned in a script that explores how Bateman would fare in modern day Gotham.

A protege of David Fincher, Jones is a commericals and music video helmer who served as second unit director for the Boston-shot scenes in Fincher’s award-winning drama The Social Network.

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  • MagusMaleficus

    Probably worth mentioning the remake will take place in present-day Wall Street rather than the 80s, which is completely missing the novel’s point.

  • LifeMi

    I liked American Psycho, but it wouldn’t be sacrilege to remake it.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    I’m gonna sound terrible by saying “eh” Didn’t really care for the original.

    • jkincer

      I enjoy the movie as a black comedy much the same as Fight Club. Both movies usually get slotted as something they weren’t suppose to be. As a horror movie it’s a bit weak.

  • jkincer

    Please tell me Robert Patterson is going to star and it will be more ‘gritty’ and ‘based on the novel’. That would be the whip cream and cherry on this poo sundae.

    I knew it! Per Deadline…

    “Jones’ take on the property was going to tap into the Bret Easton Ellis novel and give the story a down-and-dirty facelift”

    hahahaha, they used down-and-dirty insteady of gritty.

    • The Woman In Black

      Actually Pattinson wouldn’t be a terrible choice – he can act when given proper material. Going by what most people say about remakes of movies based on literary sources, nobody should really care about this anyway. At least that’s the answer I always get when I bring up how many versions of Shakespeare’s works, Frankenstein, Dracula, etc., there have been. 🙂

      • jkincer

        I agree with you that literary adaptations are continually going to come out, it’s just the ‘closer to the novel’ and ‘more gritty’ descriptions have been given to almost every genre related remake over the past decade. Those phrases have become so played out and almost always are a complete lie. Remakes of literary sources are going to happen and usually should, but a low budget remake of a movie barely a decade old just stinks of cheap cash in. I’m sure there is no coincidence that this movie appears to be fast tracked to [probably] be out around the same time as the new Batman movie, which just happens to star Christian Bale?

        As far as Robert Pattinson, that was just a joke. I have to admit I’ve never actually watched anything he has been in. He could be better than Bale, but I truely doubt his handlers will let him do anything that crazy until all of the Twilight checks have been cashed. 🙂