‘American Psycho’ heads to stage

Musical adaptation in development

An ’80s-tinged tuner adaptation of “American Psycho” has begun the development process and is aiming for Broadway.

Legit version of the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel, about a 1980s Wall Street banker who is also a serial killer, will come from the Johnson-Roessler Co., management-production company the Collective and XYZ Films. The three shingles have partnered to acquire the rights to develop and produce the stage incarnation.

Psycho” was previously adapted into a 2000 Lionsgate pic that starred Christian Bale.

Development team has just begun the selection process for creatives to pen the score and the book. No timeline has been set for what is envisioned as a large-scale musical.

Graphically bloody novel, which juxtaposes Reagan-era decadence and gruesome killings, includes prominent references to bands of the era, a fact that contributed to the idea of musicalizing the story. Sounds of the time will influence the new show’s score.

Current economic woes have prodded producers to put the tuner on the fast track.

“Now in particular it seems relevant, especially given what’s happening on Wall Street,” said David Johnson of Johnson-Roessler.

A former senior exec at MGM, Johnson paired with former MGM TV exec Craig Roessler to hang the Johnson-Roessler shingle in 2006. “Psycho” is the org’s first legit project.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading