FX Developing ‘American Psycho’ Followup TV Series

American Psycho FX

Project to hail from Lionsgate TV

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.

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  1. erikdc says:

    Did they not read or understand the book at all? This is nothing like it. Patrick would never take on a protege, in fact he likely never killed anyone at all. Jesus, way to keep shitting on a great work by dumbing it down.

    • I have to return some videotapes says:

      THANK YOU!!! You seem to be one of the few people I’ve encountered, aside from my husband, who actually understands this work. We are both big fans of the film (neither of us have, unfortunately, have read the book, but intend to with great enthusiasm and haste). In both of our opinions, it all takes place in Pat Bateman’s head, which is demonstrative of a person who is severely deluded, if not mentally ill/in possession of a psychiatric disorder. Even if the murders WERE real (which the film gives ample clues to indicate that they are not), his disdain for humankind and social ineptitude would make him seeking a ‘protegee’ highly unlikely. The film summed up his character, or lack there or, perfectly and was an impeccable satire of 1980’s yuppie materialism and superficiality. There is no need for a TV series, and I do not understand how this will work to any degree of success. But, many seemed to miss the point (of the film, at least, from many of the reviews we’ve read) ,so it looks like they are trying to cash in on that for that audience…

  2. MeTwo says:

    Cast Adrian Pasdar as the main character. Jim Profit returns to TV!

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