FX Developing 'American Psycho' TV Series


Christian Bale in American Psycho


"Do you like Huey Lewis and The News? Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor."

The preceding paragraph was a piece of perhaps the most famous scene from the 2000 horror film 'American Psycho.' As the sequence continues, self-styled serial killer Patrick Bateman takes an axe to unlikeable co-worker Paul Allen, all while "Hip to be Square" plays in the background. That kind of black humor permeates every frame of Mary Harron's film adaptation of the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name. The movie is perhaps best known for Christian Bale's performance as Bateman. After spending years just on the cusp of superstardom, Bateman launched Bale on the road that got him cast as Batman and subsequently made him a household name.

That type of career boost may end up happening to another lucky actor soon, as FX has now started development on a television version of 'American Psycho.' Surprisingly, the series will not be a straight adaptation, but will instead work as a sequel to the events of the film. The setting will be updated from the 1980's to the present day, and feature a Patrick Bateman in his mid-50's. Realizing that he can't stay in "murders & executions" forever, Bateman selects a protege to carry on his legacy.

As a big fan of 'American Psycho,' and the Patrick Bateman character, I honestly do not at all think this is a good idea. For one, the most widely-held interpretation of both the book and film is that all of Bateman's murders took place inside his own twisted mind, and that he never actually killed anyone. This series would obviously be operating under the assumption that the often illogical and improbable events of the film actually happened as shown, which seems ridiculous to me. I mean, an ATM asks Bateman to feed it a stray cat.

That said, I'm certainly not the arbiter of what deserves to be on TV. I'm interested in what you guys and gals think. Is a sequel series to 'American Psycho' a good idea, or is FX making a huge mistake?

- FX

Written by: msd85
Sep 10th, 2013, 12:17 pm

Images courtesy of Lionsgate


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Message Posted On Nov 20th, 2013, 7:01 am
they could do it like the events in the film were in his head, but then he turns around and actually starts killing or they could just continue his in-head rampages. and reality will start to catch up with him once in a while, causing chaos

Message Posted On Sep 11th, 2013, 4:54 am
And this is the most insightful quote from the film, Bateman trying and failing to be "human". "Patrick Bateman: Do you like Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite."

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Message Posted On Sep 11th, 2013, 4:53 am

Sounds like Dexter is leaving the airwaves and FX may be hoping a similar series will grab some of the audience left behind by the Showtime show's departure.

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