‘American Psycho’ Sequel Series in Development at FX

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Briefly: Mary Harron’s American Psycho, the film adaptation of a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, was not a major hit when it premiered in 2000. But the film gained traction as an effective satire, thanks in no small part to the dedicated performance from Christian Bale. Thirteen years later, American Psycho is well-established as one of those cultish films that just about everyone recognizes.

That’s why there has been a stage musical version in development, a possible theatrical remake, and possibly even a sequel feature. And now FX is developing a sequel TV series, which is written to take place now, decades after the events of the original film. We’ll find Patrick Bateman in his ’50s (likely played by someone other than Bale), “taking on a protégé in a sadistic social experiment who will become every bit his equal — a next generation American Psycho.” All of which sounds like some of the remake and theoretical sequel ideas from Ellis linked above have been folded into this series. That’s all we’ve got right now.

Stefan Jaworski is writing and exec producing. [Deadline]

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