Brett Easton Ellis’ controversial novel that spawned as much cult status as outrage from its graphic depictions of violence laced with satirical comedy ‘American Psycho’ is about to get another go over in film land. Yes, the first filmic version starred Christian Bale as the psychotic sociopath Patrick Bateman and he was joined by Reece Witherspoon, Chloe Sevigny and Josh Lucas. Mary Harron directed the film, notably choosing to play up the social commentary and satire of the 80’s set story rather than the jarring violence from the novel.
(If you’ve not read the novel, basically you get chapters of inane materialism and soulless banter between fake corporate people which is broken up between sequences of graphic, gratuitous and brutally sadistic murder scenes when Patrick’s rage and psychosis is unleashed. The more boring and nihilistic his life becomes, the more brutal and grotesque his crimes become. The novel is a black comedy and scathing social commentary on New York 80’s corporates.)
The new film, which is being updated to modern day New York, is being directed by commercial and video clip director Noble Jones (don’t freak out, that’s where David Fincher came from). More interesting than this is that the books author B.E.E. seems to be endorsing the film when he tweeted the following on December, 14, 2011:
“Haters beware: I just had a long discussion with Noble Jones, the writer/director of the “new” American Psycho movie. His take is genuine…”
Ladies & Gentlemen – Patrick Bateman is coming back.