FX is teaming up with Lionsgate TV to bring "American Psycho" to television. The network and the production company are developing a sequel series to the Bret Easton Ellis novel, which was adapted into a 2000 film starring Christian Bale.
Described as a follow-up to the book and the psychological film, the TV series will fast-forward from the late 1980s, when the movie was set, to present day. Serial killer Patrick Bateman is now in his 50-s - but as outrageous and lethal as ever - and takes on a protege, in a sadistic social experiment, who will become every bit his equal, creating the next generation American Psycho.
No actors are attached to the project yet. Lionsgate president of motion picture production Allison Shearmur will executive produce it along with Ed Pressman and Stefan Jaworski, who will also write the script.
Back in 2012, the novel author Ellis teased a possible storyline for "American Psycho" sequel. "Patrick would hate Obama and for example, go into great detail about the Honey Badger fraudulence of #Kony2012 and he'd love Kim Kardashian," he wrote on Twitter. "Patrick's iPad would start speaking to him... Telling him Adele's cover of The Cure drove him to killing, well, just about everybody..."
The critically-acclaimed movie helped Bale, who portrayed Bateman, rise to prominence. A direct-to-video sequel titled "American Psycho 2", which was directed by Morgan J. Freeman and starring Mila Kunis, failed to gain the same positive reaction when it was released in 2002.