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An ‘American Psycho’ Musical?

December 7, 2010

Please, please, please be true.  One of my favorite movie blogs, Film Drunk, is reporting that there could be an American Psycho musical in the works.  If you are a longtime reader of our site, you know that several of us writers share an unhealthy obsession for the movie.

According to Film Drunk, Duncan Sheik has signed on as composer, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has signed on as playwright. Sheik previously worked on and won two Tony awards and a Grammy for Spring Awakening.

Aquirre-Sacasa taunts us with the following statement:

“There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “An ax and a chef’s knife will be used. I think there’s going to be a lot of blood.”

Yes, please.  For more details, read the whole story at Film Drunk.

For all you poor bastards who have no idea what I am talking about, American Psycho first rose to infamy as a  book written by Brett Easton Ellis in 1991.  Part grisly serial killer drama and part satire, the book became an instant cult classic.  Protagonist Patrick Bateman is rich, handsome, and has a killer case of OCD.  He pontificates obsessively about mundane topics like clothing labels, business cards, and music.

Christian Bale played the mentally disturbed businessman in a 2000 film adaptation directed by Mary Harron.  Since  many people felt the book was quite sadistic in its treatment of women, it was a surprise to find a woman directing the movie. Harron won accolades from fans of the book for playing up the comedic aspects of the story.  Make no mistake, it was still a serial killer movie, but many parts played out like a black comedy.

Keep your fingers crossed that this musical comes to fruition.  In the meantime, enjoy some of our past musings about Patrick Bateman and American Psycho.


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