The news that Lionsgate is working on an American Psycho remake is, uh, strange. First of all: the original came out barely a decade ago. Secondly: really? As if one trip through the world of Patrick Bateman wasn’t enough, Lionsgate hired Noble Jones, who previously worked as a second unit director on The Social Network, to write and direct the film. There’s no potential casting or release date, so maybe this thing will die in development, as greenlit remakes often do. Won’t the studio eventually remember there’s another Saw movie to make? Oh yeah, they will.
The original Bret Easton Ellis novel explored all the dark corners of the prototypical ’80s capitalist mindset. From murdered prostitues to kitten-jammed ATMs, the movie put it all on screen. So it’s hard to see what a remake could do other than make a commentary on modern excess, which is just the same old excess repackaged by millennial gloom. (Like bankers have gotten that much greedier?) Replacing Christian Bale with some hip young thing is another tantalizing option, I guess. Channing Tatum? Zac Efron? There are oceans of possibilities. They can even update the music references for the iTunes generation. Do Huey Lewis and the News become Coldplay? Yeah, they become Coldplay.
Below, a Lego re-enactment of the scene where Jared Leto gets killed with an axe (the real one is mysteriously embedding-disabled). Always fun!