Modern Take on 'American Psycho' in Development at Lionsgate (Again)

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Feb 26, 2024

It's probably arguable that Americans (and society at large) have only gotten more psychologically disturbed since Mary Harron's American Psycho was released, with the stock market crash, the worldwide web and social media, and an ongoing global pandemic as just a few exacerbating factors. 

While the 2000 film adaptation of the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel effectively skirted by Huey Lewis still remains extremely meme-able in the year 2024, Lionsgate agrees that some elements of the cult classic have gotten a little outdated — so a modern-day remake is apparently in the works.

As Jeff Sneider's The InSneider reports [via], the entertainment company owns the intellectual property and is open to a writer bringing Christian Bale's iconic Patrick Bateman into the smartphone age for a new project. That's all we know right now; only an entity, something illusory.

After Lionsgate had first toyed with the idea about 12 years ago, in 2021, the company reportedly had an American Psycho TV series in development... and it has remained in that purgatory. When the reports initially surfaced, the show was slated to follow Bateman, now in his mid-50s, as he took on a protégé in a sadistic social experiment.

With all of these rumours over the years, it's not exactly easy to believe that a reboot is actually happening — but if you use your imagination, it could be beyond frightening in a post-Black Mirror age where serial killer Netflix docs and QAnon conspiracies run equally rampant. With that in mind, it could also be really, really bad.

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