‘American Psycho’ Remake Makes a Strange Change

A proposed 'micro-budget' adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's classic novel will transpose the action to the present day. Why?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Ignoring the fact that American Psycho is barely eleven years old, Mary Harron's excellent adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's controversial novel still doesn't seem ripe for a remake. Certainly any new actor would have his hands full topping Christian Bale's iconic performance. But we may be getting one anyway, courtesy of music video director Noble Jones, who also worked as a second unit director on David Fincher's The Social Network. Deadline reports that Jones turned in his draft a month ago, with a new take on the material that we find rather questionable.

Yes, it seems that Jones is moving the story from the 1980s to the present day for a "down and dirty" (Deadline's words) take on the material, with the intent of producing the film on an extremely low budget. It's a daring prospect, but will this turn American Psycho into another entity altogether? The original story's interpretation of the 1980s as a period of superficiality, the perfect place in which to hide the protagonist's homicidal mania in plain sight, doesn't quite translate to the present day, when social networking and, in particular, the stock market world in which Bateman resides, would place the character under more intense scrutiny? And if that's the point, is it still American Psycho, or something new altogether?

It will be Noble Jones's first film, so while we're not able to give him the benefit of the doubt we're still willing to concede that he might be up to the challenge. Tread carefully, Noble. American Psycho may not be a sacred cow, but the meat's still good. 

CraveOnline with return with more American Psycho news after we transfer to murders and assassinations.