Lionsgate has hired Noble Jones to write and direct a new adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis‘ American Psycho. Jones is a protégé of David Fincher having worked as the second unit director on The Social Network. According to Deadline, Jones pitched the project to Lionsgate earlier this year and turned in a script about a month ago. Variety adds that the project has not been greenlit yet, but Deadline says that the new version will have a lower budget than the 2000 adaptation starring Christian Bale. More importantly, the remake will bring yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman into present-day New York whereas writer-director Mary Harron kept the late 1980s setting of Ellis’ novel.
For those unfamiliar with the book and the 2000 movie, hit the jump for the synopsis and the trailer for the Bale version.