Serial killer Patrick Bateman is eying a return to pop culture, this time on TV.
FX and Lionsgate TV have partnered to develop a sequel TV series to “American Psycho,” the 2000 feature film that was based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel of the same name. The pic was a breakout moment for star Christian Bale, and grossed over $34 million at the box office.
Lionsgate had previously stirred up “American Psycho” buzz when it announced in 2011 that it was planning a remake of the film for the big screen. The project, however, appears to have faded out of the running. The last sequel treatment that “American Psycho” saw was a direct-to-video release of “American Psycho 2,” which starred Mila Kunis and received mostly negative reviews.
The FX TV drama will center on iconic killer Patrick Bateman, now in his mid-50s but still just as outrageous and lethal as ever. Bateman takes on a protege in a sadistic social experiment, a protege who will eventually become his equal — the next generation American Psycho.
No actors are officially attached to the project yet.
Stefan Jaworski is on board to pen the drama, and he will exec produce alongside Allison Shearmur (through her shingle Allison Shearmur Prods.) and Ed Pressman.
“American Psycho” is not the only horror film to be receiving a TV adaptation. A&E’s “Bates Motel” is a prequel to “Psycho,” and NBC launched “Hannibal” the TV show last season. A TV version of “The Exorcist” is also being shopped around these days, but has yet to land at a net.