American Psycho Remake Actually In The Works, Just Stream The Original Classic

By Britta DeVore | Published

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Today in news that we’re just not sure we needed, Lionsgate is reportedly tossing over the idea of bringing the novel-turned-film American Psycho back and giving it a full overhaul. The fandom is sure to be torn on this idea as the original Christian Bale-led 2000 horror flick is considered to be a piece of classic horror cinema.

And, though some revamps can totally hit the nail on the head, why go completely in on something that fans can just revisit through streaming or physical copies, especially with the legacy that American Psycho has?

Original American Psycho

While we may never know precisely why the film studio is doing this to a nearly perfect movie, we’d imagine that money has something to do with it.

Despite being met with mixed reviews from both critics and audiences alike, the polarizing production performed relatively well at the box office, earning $34.3 million against its $7 million budget.

Capitalizing On American Psycho Fandom?

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With this in mind, there’s a good chance that Lionsgate is thinking that they could really up the ante with an already established fanbase should they bring American Psycho back with all new stars.

The original film, which was helmed by Mary Harron and adapted for the screen from Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel, starred Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman.

Christian Bale In American Psycho

A complete narcissistic sociopath, Patrick is living the high life in New York City as an investment banker who gets his kicks as a serial killer by night.

The movie also starred familiar names like Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, and Justin Theroux, tapping numerous famous faces to tell the wildly satirical and blood-filled story.

Toxic Masculinity

Black Comedy

American Psycho could be considered akin to David Fincher’s movie Fight Club, which came out one year earlier in 1999.

In the heyday of books adapted into films (as Fight Club was originally a novel penned by Chuck Palahniuk), both movies focused their lens on toxic masculinity – something that often floats over the heads of certain viewers. 

American Psycho Got A Sequel

With the world buzzing after American Psycho’s 2000 release, the studio thought it would be the perfect time to strike while the iron was hot and send a sequel into production.

Starring Mila Kunis and William Shatner in what we’d consider to be the strangest co-leading casting to date, the film follows Kunis’ protagonist as a criminology student who turns to murder to better her chances of breaking into the industry.

Despite the two big names attached, American Psycho 2 received a direct-to-video release, putting what we thought was the final nail in the coffin of the franchise.

Unneeded Reboot?

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Now, two decades later, it would seem that American Psycho is breaking out of that coffin with Lionsgate pushing for what many will see as an unneeded reboot.

Though nothing is set in stone from the studio that has previously brought audiences The Hunger Games, Twilight, John Wick, Hostel, and Step Up franchises, whether viewers like it or not, it would make sense for Lionsgate to revamp one of their cult classics.

For now, the production remains to be just a piece of speculation and an inside scoop but, as always, we’ll keep you posted on any future movement.

Source: The Insneider