For a few years now fans were taunted with the idea of an American Psycho Remake that was written and never green lit; but it’s recently been announced that Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial modern classic tale, American Psycho, is getting a TV sequel instead.
For those that don’t know about American Psycho, it’s a story about a 1980’s misogynistic, materialistic, investment banker who may or may not be a serial killer (the ending is what you interpret it to be). The book was published in 1991 and immediately received a large amount of controversy for its violent description of sex and abuse against women and animals. Publishers Simon & Schuster were originally meant to publish this book, but dropped the project due to its content, which was picked up and published by Vintage Books. The first movie script that was most accurate to the book was written by Matthew Markwalder in 1998 but was never produced. It was then replaced in 2000 by a much more toned down script; writer Guinevere Turner and writer/director Mary Harron adapted American Psycho into a dark, comic film released by Lions Gate Films starring .
The film adaptation received mostly positive feedback and remained as accurate to the book as it could allow; the New York Times said it was a “mean and lean horror comedy classic". In 2002 fans of the book and movie were scorned by the tragedy of its movie sequel, American Psycho 2 starring and and directed by (Director of Hurricane Streets). The movie sequel did not receive the praise that its forerunner did and is currently holding a score of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 reviews. Fan and critics alike recognized Lion Gates pathetic attempt at turning an unused script into a poorly done sequel; the film was even denounced by Bret Easton Ellis and Mila Kunis expressed embarrassment over the film, and spoke out against the idea of a sequel.
So here we are in 2013 and American Psycho is getting another sequel; but this time it’s not a movie, it’s going to be a tv series. The TV squeal is currently in development by FX, the same network that brings you shows like American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy. It’s being written by Stefan Jaworski and co-produced by Lionsgate and FX and Allison Shearmu, Jaworski and Ed Pressman are executive producers. Entertainment Weekly stated that the FX’s version will be set years after the events in the book and star a Bateman in his 50’s who takes on a new apprentice. Deadline Hollywood reported :
“The show's creators plan to add intrigue to injury with the introduction of a protégé for Bateman who will conduct a sadistic social experiment.”
Despite that this is a slightly intriguing plot, fans that have read book (and some movie fans) object to this TV series being made and have started to express some worry about it, and they have good reason. Reading the book and watching the first film are two completely different experiences. The movie shows you Patrick Bateman glimpses into his mind and who he is. However the book brings you into a totally different world deep into Batemans' thoughts and every waking moment in more vivid gruesome detail that the movie simply could not touch. Throughout the start of the book you are lead to believe that Patrick Bateman is a serial killer by night time that is starting to lose control of his bloodlust. Then, the further you go into the book it starts to suggest that everything is really in his head. By the end of the book Bateman confesses to all his murders including Paul Allen (played by in the movie), to his lawyer over a frantic panicked voice mail on his phone, only to be told by running into him later on in a bar that it was a great joke, that Patrick Batman could never kill anyone. Patrick tries to fight this and tries to confess again only to be told by the lawyer that he saw Paul Allen in London a week earlier. This suggests that Bateman never killed anyone.
In 2005 Bateman appears again in Bret Easton Ellis’ Lunar Park, where Patrick Bateman is killed in a fire on a boat dock. But the show will cover the time in between the end of American Psycho and Batemans death. Unfortunately FX did not seem to be taking into account something called ‘American Psycho 2000’. Patrick’s life is somewhat covered, most are not aware of this. American Psycho 2000 was an ad campaign for the first film. Although they are often mistakenly credited to Ellis, they were actually written by one or more unnamed author(s) and approved by Ellis before being sent out. American Psycho 2000 served as a sort of "e-quel" to the original novel. The e-mails take place in 2000, a little over a decade since the novel. Bateman is in therapy with a Dr. M. He is also married to Jean, his former secretary. They have a son, Patrick Bateman Jr. (P.B.), who is eight years old. In the story, Bateman talks about therapy, trying to get a divorce from Jean, his renewed feelings about murder, and idolizing his son.
So what does all of this have to do with the FX Show? Well everything. As fans we expect something out of our sequels, for them to be just as fulfilling as what came before it. But often that is not the case. Despite FX’s ability to air good shows we feel that the teaming up with Lions Gate and making this after their blunder with the pervious movie sequel, may not be such a good idea on their part. With what little information on the plot that has been provided it seems safe to say that it’s like they are trying to make the serial killer genre to last a little longer in the TV world. Will they keep Christian Bale since Bateman is now an older character? Will this apprentice that Bateman is taking under his wing be his son? All we can say is that ‘we hope so!’. Keep looking here for updated news as more is released on the show in the upcoming months. Now, if you will excuse me I have to return some videotapes.