An American Psycho TV series is in the works, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
The show is being developed by US cable network FX (American Horror Story, Sons Of Anarchy) and is described as a “follow-up” to the incredibly controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis (pictured above) and subsequent film starring Christian Bale.
Published in 1991, American Psycho centres on 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. The film starring Bale came out in 2000 and featured several explicit scenes including one in which Bateman is seen having a threesome with two prostitutes.
The TV series will follow Bateman, now in his 50s but just as bloodthirsty, as he grooms a protégé to become a serial killer as deadly and sadistic as himself. Edward R Pressman, one of the producers of the American Psycho film, will executive produce alongside Danish writer Stefan Jaworski (Those Who Kill) and production company boss Allison Shearmur. It is unknown what involvement – if any – Bret Easton Ellis will have.
Meanwhile, a stage musical based on American Psycho is also in the works and is set to premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre on December 3 this year (2013).