American Psycho set for remake

Patrick Bateman comes to modern day New York

 

 

In a move that could trigger the odd axe-murdering spree from fans of the cult original, Lionsgate has given the nod to Noble Jones to pen a remake of 2000’s American Psycho.

The tiny-budget reboot is only in the early stages of development, but we know that the film won’t be set to the backdrop of '80s Wall Street – instead, Jones intends to update the action to modern day New York City.

The original, itself based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel, follows the story of Patrick Bateman, a wealthy banker whose slick exterior hides a deranged, monstrous killer, and offers a pitch-black satire on the yuppie milieu of the time.

It memorably starred a heavily Brylcreemed actor called Christian Bale, who is apparently set to star in a new film about fruitbats or somesuch.

Despite finding a huge cult following, American Psycho did relatively poor business at the box office, pulling in just $15 million in the U.S. A woeful straight-to-video sequel in 2002 was notable only for finally pairing up Mila Kunis and William Shatner.

Lionsgate thinks the time is right for a revamp, but with helmer Jones only having second-unit director credits for The Social Network under his belt, will he have the experience to do justice to the source material?

Is this a travesty-in-waiting? Who will they find to fill Bale’s hand-made brogues? Suggestions please…

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    • murphy

      Dec 9th 2011, 12:37

      What? Hollywood needs to lay off the crack! Enough of the f*****g remakes already! And nobody could play Patrick Bateman better than Bale!

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    • murphy

      Dec 9th 2011, 12:39

      Plus the gap between the original and the remake is getting smaller and smaller,why don't they just cut to the chase and start filming originals and remakes side by side? That is when they do actually make original films these days.

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    • FBRNicchitta

      Dec 9th 2011, 14:17

      This is ridiculous. When they remake Groundhog Day, the whole of Hollywood is going to implode.

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    • joker16

      Dec 9th 2011, 14:32

      I'm still waiting for a remake of The Fighter.

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    • demmike

      Dec 9th 2011, 14:54

      I reckon they should remake The Dark Knight Rises and have it out before Nolan's version.

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    • demmike

      Dec 9th 2011, 15:13

      and preferably be directed by Brett Ratner/McG or any other passionless director for hire.

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    • FBGMakin

      Dec 9th 2011, 17:26

      There should be a law that bans movies under 30 years old from being remade. A kind of filmic age of consent.

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    • leeroy

      Dec 9th 2011, 21:00

      It's not the thought of a remake that I object to,(however uneccessary it may seem);It's setting it in the present day.The book worked so well (as did the original movie to a lesser extent) because it was set in the EIGHTIES!!!The shallowness and obsession with money and image,whilst not wholly limited to that decade,were certainly heightened as a result of the yuppie lifestyle,which doesn't really exist anymore.In fact,the state the world is in these days,I think this will need to be more of a total re-think than a re-make.Times have changed to such a degree as to render the majority of Brett Easton Ellis' masterful story and characters a thing of the past.

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 9th 2011, 22:13

      Shallowness and material obsession is pertinent now with bankers f*cking up the economy and awarding themselves big fatcat bonuses.

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    • nkutzler

      Dec 10th 2011, 5:00

      This is about to become the biggest problem in all of Hollywood. The moment they start trying to remake some of the greatest classics- Godfather, for example, riots will hit that studio. Movies like Pulp Fiction technically can't be remade, while Disney movies really can't (but mediocre sequels can still tend to spoil the originals.) Really, American Psycho remake is out of bounds. I hope this creates some backlash.

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    • loveroflostgirl

      Dec 10th 2011, 11:56

      What the f***! Really WHAT THE F***! What's next American Beauty?, Lost in Translation?, Brokeback Mountain?, The Wrestler? I know let's re-make The Hobbit, if we hurry we can have it out before Peter Jacksons version! DUMB HOLLYWOOD MORONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • aleks989

      Dec 10th 2011, 12:51

      What else are they going to reboot, or they are just out of ideas ?!?! I don't mind to reboot a movie that felt like it could have been much stronger and better, but why do the classics like American Psycho, The Thing etc. are getting rebooted !? And it ain't just that, we all know that Bale is irreplaceable in this or any other role, and that is fact. Stop with this. At least not to the classics, because the remakes in the 90 % of the cases are c**p.

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 10th 2011, 14:34

      why don't they reboot sh*t films for a change?

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    • murphy

      Dec 10th 2011, 14:47

      I'd like to see a remake of maximum overdrive,but instead of a diner full of ordinary people,it would be a mass meeting of Hollywood studio executives and instead of appliances and trucks it would be an army of film fans armed to the teeth,so basically it would be nothing like maximum overdrive.

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    • ShosannaD

      Dec 14th 2011, 23:00

      No need. So sad, so very sad.

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