Lionsgate Hires Writer-Director for New Adaptation of AMERICAN PSYCHO

     December 8, 2011


Lionsgate has hired Noble Jones to write and direct a new adaptation of Bret Easton EllisAmerican 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.

Here’s the trailer for 2000′s American Psycho starring Christian Bale.

And here’s the synopsis for Bret Easton Ellis’ novel:

In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.


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  • Irena

    It’s ripe for a remake.
    Shia LaBeouf, Zac Efron, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley or Chace Crawford as Patrick Bateman

    • Sam

      go f*ck yourself troll!!!!! Get the hell out of here

      • Paul Alan

        I am with you Sam. This movie was flawless. It was one of the most true to form adaptations ever made. A CLASSIC! This was the movie that made me love Christian Bale!

    • whatever

      Nobody wants this, therefore you are either a studio plant or you have some vested interest in this crap getting greenlit or you are simply a mouth breather. One of those three.

    • Brian

      I don’t think any of these jack asses posting realize you were being sarcastic, they totally missed the joke.

      • captain40

        Who says he was joking? Go ahead and make a remake. It won’t begin to compare to the original. Why the lower budget anyway? Probably cuz they know it will bomb in every way imaginable.

    • Andy Bones

      No. F*ck no. All of those actors you named are total douche cannons. Besides, it’s not a comic book, it’s a great movie based on a good novel- doesn’t ever need to be re-booted. At least not until another actor comes along who’s nearly as cool as Christian Bale, which will never happen, so why is it even being discussed?!

  • tom

    i don’t usually comment on these, but seriously? why would they remake this? i mean the original is a cult classic. christian bale was absolutely hilarious and the movie in general was just magnificent. i don’t see this actually happening. and if it does, i’m not sure how it can be much more than a straight to video slasher flick

    • Clay

      I agree. There’s no sense in it. The movie did about as well as adapting the novel as anyone could hope. I absolutely love the book, and Christian Bale’s performance was nothing short of outstanding. A cult classic in the truest sense, I can’t see any refined adaptation being worthwhile.

  • sense 11

    There is nothing to be improved upon, this is only about money. Bale cant be matched

  • Don

    This movie does not need to be remade whatsoever. Christian Bale is so iconic and perfect in that role, I will be comparing the new Patrick Bateman to him the whole time. He is like Gene Wilder to the Willy Wonka movies. There’s just none other.

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  • BrandonHeat07

    This is a baaaad idea… Hope they lose money, lots of it, so they don’t try it again in a looooong time…

  • whatever

    [long breath]

  • FILM Bob

    This is a bad idea. I would like to throw my hat in w/every commentator here (except the first one, dumbass). This movie could only suffer from being remade. Bale nailed this role. Cut. That’s a wrap!

  • April

    Only if Zac Efron or Shia played Jared Leto’s role

  • wow

    In discussions about pop culture, it’s important to keep a keen sense of irony. Just sayin’.

  • ryan

    While I see the resentment for a remake, and I agree that Mary Harron’s was an exceptional work. I’m having a hard time understanding the outrage for a new adaptation. Anyone who has read the novel would know that Harron’s adaptation not only rearranged and condensed key scenes, but also left out some amazing material in the Ellis text. I think the hardest part will be replacing Bale, but I do highly disapprove of updating to present day. However, with the current state of our socio-economic society it would be interesting to see.

  • hollywoodsdying

    The book and Bale film are epic. Sharp, funny, dark, nasty. Perfect. Yes, the book is better (aren’t they all?) – but the film adaptation already available to watch is great – why do we need a modernized version? So it includes Facebook and Twitter references for the kids? We can watch Bateman kill someone with an Ipad? Whats sadder still is that some incredible, original scripts will be overlooked because the studios think that remaking films that actually have merit in their original state is a “winner” at the box office. Hope its in 3D!

  • ScaredForMovies

    Awesome. We have already moved on to re-making movies from the 2000′s. Really? This is complete and utter nonsense. Totally agree with hollywoodsdying. How many original ideas are these douchy producers locking away to churn out more of the same shite. If this trend continues no more original movies will be made at all. To quote Optimus Prime “Megatron(Hollywood) must be stopped, no matter the cost.”

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  • ArturoStyrsky

    The Patty Winters Show this morning was about useless remakes.

  • tk421

    I smell an early April Fool’s joke in here somewhere. If, however, this is true, I’m deeply skeptical about the entire endeavor. I love Harron’s adaptation, but I’ll try not respond apoplectically. Ryan makes a valid point. This is a new adaptation of a large text. A completely different and interesting interpretation could emerge. Many fine actors could realize an interesting version of Pat Bateman. Yet, I can’t help but be dubious that all of the many stars will align to make this film a worthy successor to the original.

  • Tom

    although I love the original movie, it was soft in comparison to the book. I hope to see one more brutal, and faithful.

    • Rob W

      Tom, I agree the adaptation was somewhat soft in comparison to the book, but if you’re looking for one more brutal and faithful, then you’ve absolutely missed this key bit of information: “the remake will bring yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman into present-day New York”. It is therefore not going to be more faithful, and so, in my opinion, a waste of time.
      I did my thesis on American Psycho, and thought the movie did one hell of a job of exploring all the key points, whilst cutting some of the more gruesome stuff that would have left it without a rating for the mass market.
      There’s enough by Bret Easton Ellis out there which is ripe for turning into a movie, that American Psycho shouldn’t need to be re-made.

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  • Dr. Challis

    Pointless, Bale performance and Harron directing were nearly flawless. To try to remake this movie can only lead to a massive failure. They should adapt Bret Easton Ellis book “Glamorama” to film instead.

  • T

    If they’re going to remake anything, remake Less Than Zero.

  • Maro Leon

    American Psycho is what turned me onto Christian Bale and ive been a fan of all his work since, with that said i could see a remake working if they find the correct Patrick Bateman and the story isnt total shit. Ryan Gosling could be a good contender to take on the role i feel, what do you guys think about Ryan for Bateman ?

  • Jean Ralphio

    My gut reaction to this article was “NO!!! GOD WHY???!!!” But I’m trying to come back from that. So here’s my thought.

    If this were a remake of the 2000 film American Psycho, in which Christian Bale totally kills (ha! unintentional pun) as Patrick Bateman, it would utterly fail. But it’s not. It’s a new adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s novel, which the 2000 film took liberties with (as all film adaptations of novels do).

    Having said that, the ONLY way this will work is if it is a major departure stylistically from the first film adaptation. Ellis needs to be very involved in the screenwriting process; if he doesn’t greenlight the script, then this will be utter garbage. But beyond that, why not let the protege David Fincher, of one of the most talented directors in Hollywood, take a shot at such great source material? If Noble pulls it off, and creates something that stands on its own, then it will be a wild success and we’ll sing his praises. If all anyone can think about watching the film is how great Christian Bale was in the first adaptation, then it will be an unmitigated disaster. Since I’m a huge Ellis fan, and a great admirer of David Fincher, I’m going to hope for the latter.

    Don’t f*ck it up, fellas.

  • Madvillain

    I wouldn’t hate this. Similar to all of you, the original has a special place in my heart, but this won’t necessarily detract from that. If Noble Jones is anything like Fincher, it should be a very good movie.