You know that Hollywood has really run out of ideas when it starts planning to remake a film that got negative reviews to begin with. Lionsgate has hired screenwriter Noble Jones to pen a remake of American Psycho, the 2000 screen adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel. Although the project has not yet been green-lit, and no director or cast is currently attached, Jones is developing the script for the remake, which will be less glossy and more low-budget than the original.

Since its release in 2000 at the Sundance Film Festival, American Psycho has acquired a reputation as a contemporary cult classic, primarily for lead Christian Bale's tour de force performance as yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman; however, the film received mixed reviews when it first premiered, and the Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan referred to the movie as a "stillborn, pointless piece of work."

Even though a (presumably more imaginative) musical adaptation of the film is reportedly in the works, can't you guys at Lionsgate come up with something a little fresher than a low-budge rehash of a slasher movie set in the '80s? There are only so many Huey Lewis and the News jokes that will resonate with 2012 moviegoers, and there are only so many actors who can play Bateman with the slick, campy, steel-abbed, hair-gelled aplomb that Bale lent to the role ("murders and executions" instead of "mergers and acquisitions," anyone?) If you're going to adapt/remake a turn-of-the-century classic, may I suggest Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie, or perhaps Ashton Kutcher's and Seann William Scott's 2000 wistful and nostalgic coming of age tale, Dude, Where's My Car

Commentarium (12 Comments)

Dec 08 11 - 10:46pm
Hmmm.

NOOOOO.....

Dec 08 11 - 11:30pm
Bateman

is it just me or does some Brie cheese and meatloaf sound really appetizing right now

Dec 09 11 - 1:40am
nope

American Psycho was not a "slasher." It was a psychological thriller. The chances that Bateman didn't kill anyone by the end of the movie are pretty damn high. I agree that it is ridiculous to do a remake of an 11-year-old movie. I do not agree that an American Psycho remake is ridiculous because American Psycho was shitty. First of all, a shitty adaptation of a good book is a great reason to do a remake; second of all, that movie was not shitty, it was quite good.

Also, in re: "Is this movie still relevant?" I would say a dissection of superficial, high-achieving yuppies is more relevant in 2011 than it was in 2000 or 1991. And of course the film itself has gained a new and totally bizarre wave of relevance with Bateman's memetic "dubs guy" glory.

Dec 09 11 - 2:19am
Bateman

I've been a big Nope fan ever since his second last comment. Before that, I really didn't understand any of his work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on this comment where his presence became more apparent. I think "I would say a dissection of superficial, high-achieving yuppies is more relevant in 2011 than it was in 2000 or 1991." was his undisputed masterpiece.

Dec 09 11 - 2:21am
Bateman

With that in mind, I'd really like to see Paul Allens comment

Dec 09 11 - 1:13pm
Paul Allen

Maybe this time Bateman will get a reservation at Dorsia.

Dec 09 11 - 4:59pm
Andorka

Ha!

Dec 09 11 - 1:23pm
Disillusioned

NO MORE FUCKING REMAKES!!!! Jesus fucking Christ there hasn't been an original movie from Hollywood in decades...

Dec 09 11 - 2:42pm
Bateman

TRY TO GET A RESERVATION AT DORSIA NOW!!!!!!

Dec 09 11 - 6:51pm
uhhh

This one better have the gerbil scene in it.

Dec 09 11 - 10:10pm
jackie1926

NOoooo

May 15 12 - 1:31pm
Jane Sucks

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO. NO NO NO NO NO.

Just NO.