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American Psycho is being developed as a television sequel series at FX

09.10.2013

For every great movie there is the potential for a great sequel or an abyssmal failure. When Mary Harron's AMERICAN PSYCHO premiered, it made Christian Bale a name to be remembered and divided audiences and critics with a violent and satirical look at America in the 1980s. It spawned one of the most atrocious sequels of all time, the cleverly titled AMERICAN PSYCHO 2, starring Mila Kunis and William Shatner. Enough time has apparently passed that there is a new attempt to make a sequel to the 2000 movie.

According to Deadline, FX is developing a television series that will serve as a direct sequel to AMERICAN PSYCHO. The Mila Kunis film did not feature Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman so was really a sequel in name only. This FX series will actually focus on the Bateman character with some changes to the setting:

The drama series fast forwards from the late 1980s, when the movie was set, to present day. It will feature serial killer Patrick Bateman, now in his mid-50’s but as outrageous and lethal as ever, taking on a protégé in a sadistic social experiment who will become every bit his equal — a next generation American Psycho.

A contemporary series could certainly have satirical elements mocking our 21st century society. I get the feeling that FX is kind of missing the point of AMERICAN PSYCHO as the ending alludes to the fact that none of the events actually happened and they were a figment of Bateman's psychotic mind. But, with series like BATES MOTEL and HANNIBAL doing well, I think that is a fact that could be easily overlooked by viewers.

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4:28PM on 09/12/2013

jeny

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4:28PM on 09/12/2013

jeny

my best friend's sister-in-law makes $68 an hour on the laptop. She has been fired for five months but last month her paycheck was $16004 just working on the laptop for a few hours. helpful hints.....

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1:08PM on 09/11/2013

Don't stare at it, eat it!

As it does leave a "did he or didn't he " ending, it makes you think afterwards. Moving forward with this is a wait and see. Hopefully not boring as Hannibal or The Following.
As it does leave a "did he or didn't he " ending, it makes you think afterwards. Moving forward with this is a wait and see. Hopefully not boring as Hannibal or The Following.
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7:12AM on 09/11/2013
The people who think Bateman didn't kill anyone in 'American Psycho' are missing the point about what the novel and movie are saying about '80s yuppie culture.

Bateman killed. He just happens to have killed in a culture where everyone is so coked up and so into making money and obsessing over designer brands and everyone looking the same and dressing the same and acting the same that NO ONE NOTICES. And even if they DID notice, they wouldn't be able to tell you the correct name of the killer
The people who think Bateman didn't kill anyone in 'American Psycho' are missing the point about what the novel and movie are saying about '80s yuppie culture.

Bateman killed. He just happens to have killed in a culture where everyone is so coked up and so into making money and obsessing over designer brands and everyone looking the same and dressing the same and acting the same that NO ONE NOTICES. And even if they DID notice, they wouldn't be able to tell you the correct name of the killer because everyone looks the same and dresses the same, yada yada yada, and all of their relationships - both personal and business - are superficial. They're interchangeable, expensively-dressed, card-swapping profit-whores who don't care about anything so long as they're making lots of money and screwing hot, interchangeable partners.

It's not particularly subtle.
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6:38PM on 09/11/2013
Yes......that is certainly one of the two outlooks that the movie intentionally leaves you with.

By no means is it the definitive singular one.
Yes......that is certainly one of the two outlooks that the movie intentionally leaves you with.

By no means is it the definitive singular one.
8:07PM on 09/10/2013
So basically Dexter is riding off into the sunset and America has to have a TV show with a serial killer main character.
So basically Dexter is riding off into the sunset and America has to have a TV show with a serial killer main character.
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6:52PM on 09/10/2013

From what I understand

the ending is pretty clear on that he DID kill those people. Bateman is a killer. The joke was the yuppie culture. They were so eager to be successful and wanted to fit in, that no one really recognizes anyone in that world. For example, Bateman's lawyer mistakes Paul Allen for someone else in England just as he mistakes Bateman to be someone else. I thought it was pretty clear, that it's a comedy of errors but I guess it's up for individual interpretation for some people.

On a side note -
the ending is pretty clear on that he DID kill those people. Bateman is a killer. The joke was the yuppie culture. They were so eager to be successful and wanted to fit in, that no one really recognizes anyone in that world. For example, Bateman's lawyer mistakes Paul Allen for someone else in England just as he mistakes Bateman to be someone else. I thought it was pretty clear, that it's a comedy of errors but I guess it's up for individual interpretation for some people.

On a side note - the idea of this TV show fucking sucks. I don't see a political commentary that was so interesting in the movie from this synopsis. Maybe they can do something interesting with it but I'm afraid it will be made by similar people to those who did the sequel - people who didn't get the strengths of the original.
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7:09PM on 09/10/2013
So when he was running down the hall way of an apartment building with a screaming Woman, and a chainsaw blaring, not 1 single person in that building bothered to open the door and look to see where that chainsaw sound was coming from? He was able to gather that body, and clean up all that blood undetected? And as for the lawyer, everyone knew who Paul Alan was, dude said he had dinner with Paul Alan in London! So yea... He did not kill those people. The phone call Bateman made to his
So when he was running down the hall way of an apartment building with a screaming Woman, and a chainsaw blaring, not 1 single person in that building bothered to open the door and look to see where that chainsaw sound was coming from? He was able to gather that body, and clean up all that blood undetected? And as for the lawyer, everyone knew who Paul Alan was, dude said he had dinner with Paul Alan in London! So yea... He did not kill those people. The phone call Bateman made to his secretary at the end too? Says it all.
7:42PM on 09/10/2013
It's a dark and twisted comedy, not cinema verite. So the reason why people didn't notice him running around with a chainsaw is part of the comedy but it's also a commentary on how apathetic the sociaty was during the 80's. As for the lawyer, like I said, he didn't even have lunch with Paul Allen. He had lunch with a different yuppie, a completely different person. He even calls Bateman by a different name - Davis - in the same scene to make it even more obvious. Paul Allen does the same thing
It's a dark and twisted comedy, not cinema verite. So the reason why people didn't notice him running around with a chainsaw is part of the comedy but it's also a commentary on how apathetic the sociaty was during the 80's. As for the lawyer, like I said, he didn't even have lunch with Paul Allen. He had lunch with a different yuppie, a completely different person. He even calls Bateman by a different name - Davis - in the same scene to make it even more obvious. Paul Allen does the same thing to Bateman. Even Bateman calls different characters their wrong names - they don't see any difference between each other and that's how Bateman gets away with it all. By dumb luck and constant mix ups.

It is possible that by the end he gets confused in all of it - the ATM scene - he's delusional and doesn't know what's real anymore but the one thing he is sure and absolutely proud of is that he killed Paul Allen and the fun part of it is that he won't even get the credit for it because no one noticed.
5:47PM on 09/10/2013
I'd give it a try... But at the end of the original American Psycho... Bateman ended up not killing any of those people... Right? It was all in his sick twisted mind... So I'm not to sure this would be the proper format for a sequel.. Idk I could be wrong
I'd give it a try... But at the end of the original American Psycho... Bateman ended up not killing any of those people... Right? It was all in his sick twisted mind... So I'm not to sure this would be the proper format for a sequel.. Idk I could be wrong
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5:38PM on 09/10/2013

Love sequels, but......

American Psycho should be left alone. Usually I'm all for a sequel, or the idea of being surprised with the possibility of a sequel being better than a "great" original. But.....a made for TV sequel series just rings disappointment in my ears. FX or not, if no one can attempt a good theatrical film sequel, than American Psycho should be left alone. Besides, there will probably be a remake of the film sometime in the next 10 years.
American Psycho should be left alone. Usually I'm all for a sequel, or the idea of being surprised with the possibility of a sequel being better than a "great" original. But.....a made for TV sequel series just rings disappointment in my ears. FX or not, if no one can attempt a good theatrical film sequel, than American Psycho should be left alone. Besides, there will probably be a remake of the film sometime in the next 10 years.
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4:29PM on 09/10/2013
I have to return some videotapes.
I have to return some videotapes.
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3:31PM on 09/10/2013
Can't wait to see what Brett Easton Ellis has to tweet about this.
Can't wait to see what Brett Easton Ellis has to tweet about this.
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3:27PM on 09/10/2013

A television series in present day

And everything that happens in the series.....at the end of the series before it cancels, never actually happens. To take it out of the 80s, just loses the appeal. So he is 50, what music will he refer to now when he kills someone?
And everything that happens in the series.....at the end of the series before it cancels, never actually happens. To take it out of the 80s, just loses the appeal. So he is 50, what music will he refer to now when he kills someone?
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3:23PM on 09/10/2013

Disturbing

Is anyone else disturbed by the number of TV shows we have about murderers and serial killers? Dexter, The Following, Hannibal, Bates Motel and maybe there are some new ones out there. It's like we are being conditioned towards extreme violence.

Out of those I've only been watching Dexter, which is awful at the moment.
Is anyone else disturbed by the number of TV shows we have about murderers and serial killers? Dexter, The Following, Hannibal, Bates Motel and maybe there are some new ones out there. It's like we are being conditioned towards extreme violence.

Out of those I've only been watching Dexter, which is awful at the moment.
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3:22PM on 09/10/2013

Actually you are all wrong

The ending was both, and the ending was neither.
The ending was whichever of the two possibilities you preferred, a sequel only serves to canonize a particular viewpoint, which isn't necessarily a good thing.
The ending was both, and the ending was neither.
The ending was whichever of the two possibilities you preferred, a sequel only serves to canonize a particular viewpoint, which isn't necessarily a good thing.
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3:21PM on 09/10/2013

Seemed cool

Until i read the run down. Present day with Bateman in his 50's? Even with how the movie ends i can't see him keeping this stuff for 30+ years.
Until i read the run down. Present day with Bateman in his 50's? Even with how the movie ends i can't see him keeping this stuff for 30+ years.
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3:09PM on 09/10/2013

FX isn't missing the point

Brett Easton Ellis has actually gone on record to say that the perception of all the murderous events being a figment of Bateman's imagination was his greatest failing and disappointment of the film. Nateladow is correct in his assessment of the story, which was in fact the whole point of the story; these people are so shallow and vapid that they can't even see the obvious monster right on front of their faces.
And no Coremax, the atm didn't actually tell him to feed it the cat. That
Brett Easton Ellis has actually gone on record to say that the perception of all the murderous events being a figment of Bateman's imagination was his greatest failing and disappointment of the film. Nateladow is correct in his assessment of the story, which was in fact the whole point of the story; these people are so shallow and vapid that they can't even see the obvious monster right on front of their faces.
And no Coremax, the atm didn't actually tell him to feed it the cat. That was just part of Bateman's horrifying psychosis.
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2:59PM on 09/10/2013
If they manage to make it as a funny reflection on todays generation...I'm all for it.
If they manage to make it as a funny reflection on todays generation...I'm all for it.
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2:56PM on 09/10/2013

Wrong

While I welcome this attempt seeing as we will never get a proper sequel on film. I'd like to point out that Alex you are sorely mistaken. The point at the end of the film is that the events did happen but the people in this world are so vain that they don't even realize when he's telling the truth because they believe they actually had dinner with Paul Allen when in reality it was someone else completely. None of the events of the film are a figment of Bateman's imagination it's all real and
While I welcome this attempt seeing as we will never get a proper sequel on film. I'd like to point out that Alex you are sorely mistaken. The point at the end of the film is that the events did happen but the people in this world are so vain that they don't even realize when he's telling the truth because they believe they actually had dinner with Paul Allen when in reality it was someone else completely. None of the events of the film are a figment of Bateman's imagination it's all real and the world is too oblivious to realize he's telling the truth.
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2:59PM on 09/10/2013
so the atm really told him to feed it the cat?
so the atm really told him to feed it the cat?
4:36PM on 09/10/2013
Bateman's actions are real and took place. That doesn't mean he isn't delusional and very very insane. Just because he loses his grip on what's real and what isn't doesn't make his actions a figment of his own imagination. Even the director said that the biggest mistake she made was making it seem like the murders he committed could be all in his mind.
Bateman's actions are real and took place. That doesn't mean he isn't delusional and very very insane. Just because he loses his grip on what's real and what isn't doesn't make his actions a figment of his own imagination. Even the director said that the biggest mistake she made was making it seem like the murders he committed could be all in his mind.
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2:51PM on 09/10/2013
i thought the end of the movie was that hes not a killer, its all in his head
i thought the end of the movie was that hes not a killer, its all in his head
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6:00PM on 09/10/2013
Yes and No. I've always looked at it as some of the murders he committed and some were in his head. Pretty much any we see him commit are in his head. There are a couple others that we don't see, the woman on the corner and the blonde model, yet there is evidence of the murders taking place with the blood stained sheets and the lock of blonde hair respectively. Or at least that's how i've always viewed it.
Yes and No. I've always looked at it as some of the murders he committed and some were in his head. Pretty much any we see him commit are in his head. There are a couple others that we don't see, the woman on the corner and the blonde model, yet there is evidence of the murders taking place with the blood stained sheets and the lock of blonde hair respectively. Or at least that's how i've always viewed it.
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