‘American Psycho’ to be adapted into stage musical

Christian Bale starred in 2000 movie version of Bret Easton Ellis novel

A stage musical version of Bret Easton Ellis’ classic novel American Psycho is in the works, it has been confirmed.

The London-based Headlong Theatre Company has said the production has been in development for a number of years, although no casting or venue has yet been confirmed, reports BBC News.

Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, who worked on the script for the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, is penning the script, with Rupert Goold directing and music and lyrics produced by Grammy-winner Duncan Sheik.

Easton Ellis’ acclaimed book was published in 1991 with a film adaptation, starring Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Chloe Sevigny and Reese Witherspoon, following nine years later. Set in the 1980s, it sees Wall Street Banker Patrick Bateman (Bale) descend into madness before becoming a serial killer.

The Mary Harron-directed movie received a mixed reception from critics upon its release.

Headlong Theatre Company was also behind acclaimed play Enron, which reviewed the US financial scandal surrounding energy company Enron Corporation in the 1990s.