‘American Psycho’ Sequel TV Series In Development at FX

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NBC’s critically-acclaimed Hannibal TV series delves deeper into the history and psychology of Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lector, whereas A&E’s respected Bates Motel show goes back even further in time to explore the events and upbringing that shaped young Norman Bates into the mentally-fractured murderer portrayed in Psycho. Now FX is getting in on the game of producing TV content based around cinema’s most infamous killers, with an American Psycho TV series.

The twist? Unlike Hannibal or Bates Motel, the American Psycho television program will take place years after the events depicted in the Brent Easton Ellis novel and subsequent cult classic film adaptation from writer/director Mary Harron. The latter project (released in 2000) starred a pre-Batman Begins Christian Bale as wealthy young New York investment banking executive Patrick Bateman, whose handsome exterior and daytime manner hides an inner unhinged personality – one that tends to only come out at night. Harron’s movie gained it cult status thanks to Bale’s off-the-wall performance, in addition to its director’s wry deconstruction of the male ego and competitive businessman mentality.

Deadline is reporting that FX has put the American Psycho sequel TV drama into development, with Stefan Jaworski (Those Who Kill) writing and executive producing alongside former Lionsgate Films head of production Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Ed Pressman, who also produced Harron’s previous movie adaptation. The show will take place in the present-day and revolve around a 50-something Bateman, who decides to take on a protégé and conduct “a sadistic social experiment” that gives rise to the next generation of… well, see the title.

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For those who are curious, the FX TV series is not expected to be connected in any way to the 2002 direct-to-video film sequel American Psycho II: All American Girl, starring Mila Kunis as a young woman who develops an interest in murder after meeting the deranged Mr. Bateman. Nor, for that matter, does the show appear to have any link to the American Psycho reboot – an update that moves the setting from the 1980s to the 21st century – that was announced as having entered the early stages of development a couple years ago.

FX’s American Psycho TV series, like the aforementioned movie reboot, sounds intriguing in the sense that it may apply the same kind of blistering satire and dark comedy approach in Harron’s film (as well as Ellis’ novel) to modern-day Wall Street. The cable network has amassed an impressive body of original content in recent years, including such critical/ratings hits as Justified, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story and The Americans; not to mention, it has promising shows like Guillermo del Toro’s vampire drama The Strain and a limited series based on the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning crime tale Fargo on the horizon.

In other words, it’s a smart move to not bet against FX at this stage in the game, even despite some reservations about how the American Psycho sequel TV show will address (or maybe it’ll just ignore) the story ambiguities that were introduced towards the end of Harron’s film and Ellis’ book – regarding which of Bateman’s “after-work activities” were real and which were just sick fantasies. Of course, you can be sure and let us know your own thoughts about the prospective TV show in the comments section.


We’ll keep you updated on development of FX’s American Psycho TV show.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Interesting, considering Patrick Bateman just imagined the murders and never actually killed anyone

    • That’s what I was gonna say…

      • …or did he????

      • Finally someone on here who realises it was a scathing satire on 80′s society and not a story about a guy killing people.

        Also Jaws isn’t about a shark…

      • After reading the book, you learn to discover that Patrick Bateman is showing signs of schizophrenia, which is another decent explanation of why everyone around him had trouble with the mistaken identity.

        He was mistaking benches for following him and the nervous breakdown at that one restaurant. He begins he lose grip on reality and isn’t able to tell apart fact from fiction near the end.

        The great thing about the book is that it left you in doubt on what really happened since the story was told by him. It is all possible that he might have killed someone, but you never know for sure how many, and really who.

        Thus, American Psycho.

        The movie is a bit different because of they tried to saved the twist at the end and kept the signs of breakdown very subtle. It was a excellent way to portray it and almost kept the book true to it’s meaning while open to different interpretations.

    • Carolyn doesn’t exist… In fact what you thought was Carolyn was just a metaphor for one’s own desire to spam in a website where no one cares.

  2. so is this instead of the reboot? the sequel was garbage. some things should be left alone. who will play the new PB?!?!?!? i think when there reboot and sequels and TV shows all the same character but not canon, execs should look over and say ‘maybe its time we use new characters.’ there is currently 2 tv shows and a movie franchise based on sherlock holmes. lets start fresh….

  3. anyone else like to see nick cannon play the young killer investment guy

  4. …what? how is this going to be acceptable for TV?

    • In terms of content or concept?

      • Kind of both. How are they gonna have him do the sorts of things he did in that movie. I don’t know how many people here saw this movie but there are some disturbingly violent things he does during sex which they aren’t gonna show on TV. As far as concept goes, how many season can this run? Is he just gonna kill a new person every episode? All of his stuff was so sporadic. It’s not like you can build it up or anything. You’d have to change his profile and then he’s a different killer all together.

        • With an MA rating, TV can have any content a movie can (with the exception of a smaller budget of course). Ever heard of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, or Breaking Bad?

  5. I think modern day versions of the tale are missing a large chunk of the point, but still could work OK in the right setting.

    I remember loathing the original film, feeling that it missed most of the book’s purpose.

    Sandy, if you didn’t think Ellis’ novel had much dark comedy, then you really need to reread it. It’s dark and dry humour.

    My fear for these kinds of tales is that people focus on the horror rather than ensuring the subtext makes the transition to the screen.

    Without the subtext, any version of AP is just a guy cutting up people (possibly!)

    • Sorry, didn’t mean to imply that Ellis’ novel is without dark humor – that’s been corrected.

    • @ Strawbear

      Also yes

  6. Seriously though, what next… a TV series based on to kill a mocking bird where Atticus Finch represents someone new every week?

    Bonfire of the Vanities where each episode someone from a different racial group gets run over?

    What other great social commentaries can we turn into pulp TV…

    I’m a little shocked that no network’s retooling Dickens to give us 21C versions of Great Expectations or Oliver Twist. (actually they might work pretty well).

    • Actually, British TV has been retooling Dickens and Shakespeare for modern times for years.

      We had an urban version of a Shakespeare story a year or two ago featuring a mainly black cast and with hip hop and dubstep songs added into the mix.

  7. tom welling as the young killer

    • Adrian Pasdar should be cast as Patrick Bateman; the actor is 48. He did a magnificent job portraying a psychopathic businessman on a short-lived but critically-acclaimed fox show called “Profit” in 1996.

  8. Welling is pursuing 40

  9. Bates Motel is on A&E.

    • It also starts airing on thursday night on the Universal Channel for UK readers (quick plug there, sorry).

  10. Off topic here but I find the “US network vs UK network” differences to be fascinating.

    For instance, over here, FX was renamed Fox earlier this year and is the home of Low Winter Sun, American Horror Story, Falling Skies, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Burn Notice (plus re-runs of Family Guy and American Dad! after BBC Three bought the rights to air re-runs and new episodes of those two shows).

    5* (a subsidiary channel owned by the Channel 5 people) give us Sons Of Anarchy.

    ITV1 has The Americans.

    Sky Living have Hannibal and Dracula.

    Sky1 has Arrow and brought us 24 and Spartacus.

    Sky Atlantic has The Newsroom, Game Of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Ray Donovan.

    Universal Channel is bringing us Bates Motel this week.

    Channel 4 has the rights to air Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD.

    I think Hell On Wheels is shown on TCM too.

    That’s why I don’t buy into the whole “this US network is the best and has all the best shows” thing because those shows inevitably end up airing on different channels over here.

  11. I know who should take the lead.


    Peace. I’m out. I’m BigNerd!

  12. Just to set the record straight: Everything that happened both in the book and in the movie was real. The idea that everything was in Bateman’s mind was based on a drunk conversation he had with a guy who confused him with someone else (a recurring joke in the book) and it was immediately debunked the very next chapter (with SPOILERS, Bateman being mugged by a taxi driver who recognized him from a WANTED poster downtown).

    Having said that, I think it’s too early to develop an American Psycho “sequel.” Especially with the Ellis making some brainstorming session about an actual sequel to American Psycho. While the movie was brilliant and very funny is not even 1/10th of everything that was in the book in terms of story and character development. I would like to see first an actual adaptation of the story, and if Ellis decides to write the sequel I think they should wait before doing something. Otherwise I don’t know what they will bring.

  13. Could be interesting.

    anything FX does I’ll give it a watch.

  14. I love the idea of a sequel years down the road but if done properly. The thing that I love about Hannibal is that it’s very thought-out and is only starting to show the whole chemistry of Will and Hannibal. Also the casting choices for the show is spot on. I think the same with Bates Motel. They are starting to slowly show that innocent kid going into that psycho killer. The show isn’t as detailed as Hannibal but it still is a great Prequel series to the movie. American Psycho can follow that same detailed path as long as they don’t tone it down and do the series right. If they tone it down and make it more “network TV” friendly then I say don’t do it at all

  15. personally I don’t think this is a good idea, I loved American psycho, one of my all time favorite movies, but the sequel was a huge steaming piece of crap, and at that point I figured the story should have been left at the single experience that it was instead of trying to cash in on the name by making any more sequels or any tv show, but i’ll save any criticism until I see it first

  16. Garbage.

  17. No news since this announcement in September 2013, is this project dead?