Ugh … it is with a heavy and disappointed heart that I pass along the TERRIBLE news that Lionsgate films is moving forward with a remake of the already amazing film American Psycho. As you should be well aware, American Psycho stars the superb Christian Bale as the complex character Patrick Bateman … and the film itself already stands as one of the perfect horror-type films of the new century. As a result, Hollywood thinks it’s time to go back and try and suck some more money out of the story by putting out remake version of the film. No star has yet been attached to the remake but a writer has been chosen. Read on for all the known deets about this horrible plan to remake an already perfect film.
Lionsgate has tapped Noble Jones to write and direct a reimagining of “American Psycho,” based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel. The low-budget project, which has not yet been greenlit at Lionsgate, is in the early stages of development at the studio. Set in Manhattan during the Wall Street boom of the late 1980s, “American Psycho” concerns Patrick Bateman, a wealthy investment banker by day who becomes a homicidal maniac by night. Mary Harron previously adapted the book for the 2000 feature starring Christian Bale. 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 commercials and musicvideo helmer who was second unit director for the Boston-shot scenes in Fincher’s “The Social Network.”
Again, I say, UGH! At least, there are 2 glimmers of hope in this report … first, Lionsgate hasn’t yet officially greenlit the film. So, hopefully, it’ll never happen. Second, if the film does get made, at least it will be written by a David Fincher protégée … but I’d rather this remake never see the light of day. I’m not kidding or exaggerating when I say that American Psycho is a perfect film. It’s perfectly cast, perfectly scored and it hits all the perfect notes from beginning to end. The gory of the 80’s never looked so good. I cannot, for the life of me, envision anyone playing a better Patrick Bateman than Christian Bale. Yes, many men can wear the suit … but I do not believe that any man can bring Bateman to life like Bale already has. This is a bad idea, I am SO not a fan. Let’s hope this remake dies a quick death before it even comes to life.