‘American Psycho’ musical to premiere in London this December

It's based on the incredibly controversial 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis

A musical based on Bret Easton Ellis‘s controversial novel American Psycho is to debut in London later this year.

Published in 1991, American Psycho follows the exploits of Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street trader by day and serial killer by night. The novel is renowned for its graphic violence and explicit sexual content and in some countries it was originally sold shrink-wrapped to over-18s only.

Ellis’s novel was turned into an acclaimed 2000 film starring Christian Bale and the idea of a musical adaptation was first mooted in 2008. The stage version will have its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre on December 3 this year (2013) and run until January 25 2014, Reuters reports.

The script has been written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has also penned the upcoming Carrie remake as well as writing for Glee and Big Love. British theatre veteran Rupert Goold will direct but the role of Patrick Bateman has yet to be cast.

Meanwhile, original songs have been written by US singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik, who previously wrote the music and lyrics for Spring Awakening, a rock musical which won eight Tony awards in 2007. In the novel, Patrick Bateman states that his favourite rock and pop artists are Genesis, Whitney Houston and Huey Lewis and the News.