Today in wholly and completely unnecessary remake news: Lionsgate Films is remaking American Psycho. That’s right, the 2000 film that featured Christian Bale’s electrifying turn as Patrick Bateman, a 1908s Wall Street yuppie who may or may not be moonlighting as a deranged serial killer, is going to be remade. And that’s not all—the original film (like the book by Bret Easton Ellis that it adapts), is meant to be a scathing critique of 1980s America. So, of course, Lionsgate is planning to set the film in post-9/11 America.
The remake/reboot will be written by Noble Jones, who did some second unit direction on The Social Network. His script is now finished “and he hopes to direct, and that the film is intended as an “updated, down and dirty low budget” version of the story that looks at how NYC has changed…and the new script looks at how Patrick Bateman’s actions would work out in the new New York.”
Who knows how this will turn out, but without Bale’s stunning turn as Bateman, my hopes are not high; if news comes out that someone like Shia Lablahblahbleooouf nabs the Bateman role, you can rest assured that this will not go well at all.
What do you think of an American Psycho reboot?