The network is planning a series based on the book and Mary Harron’s controversial “American Psycho.”
Lionsgate is producing the drama under Allison Shearmur and writer Stefan Jaworski, according to The Hollywood Reporter, bringing protagonist Patrick Bateman into the modern day as a 50-year-old training a protege as part of a “sadistic social experiment.”
In the novel and subsequent film, Bateman (played by Christian Bale) is a sexist, racist, wealth-obsessed Wall Street shark who also has a sideline killing people–mostly women–in gruesome ways. Both Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel and Mary Harron’s film allow a little leeway into whether or not Patrick’s bloody killing sprees are real or in fact simply the result of wish-fulfillment in a diseased mind.
This isn’t the first Bateman protege to come to the screen. In 2002, the film received a follow-up from director Morgan J. Freeman (no relation), “American Psycho 2: All-American Girl.” That movie starred “Ted” and “Oz The Great and Powerful” actress Mila Kunis who slaughters her way through her fellow college classmates in order to gain a prestigious teacher’s assistant spot. If I recall, her character was a witness to Bateman’s murders in the first film. William Shatner was in the film and it was just awful.
Patrick also has a brother, “Rules of Attraction” protagonist Sean, played by James van Der Beek in the Roger Avary film adaptation.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]