Serial killers are big business on TV these days, what with A&E’s Bates Motel and NBC’s Hannibal both gearing up for the second seasons, and now FX is looking to fill the void created by the impending Dexter finale, with Entertainment Weekly revealing that the network is developing a new series based upon author Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial novel American Psycho, which was previously adapted as a movie by Mary Harron back in 2000 with Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Trilogy) in the lead role as Patrick Bateman.
According to EW’s report the new project has been written by Stefan Jaworski – whose previous credits include the Nordic noir series Those Who Kill – and will serve as a sequel to the novel / movie, with a middle-aged Bateman taking on a young apprentice. Here’s the official logline…
“In the new drama series, iconic serial killer Patrick Bateman, now in his mid-50’s but as outrageous and lethal as ever, takes on a protégé in a sadistic social experiment who will become every bit his equal – a next generation American Psycho.”
So… American Psycho: The Next Generation?
As it happens, this series wouldn’t be the first sequel to American Psycho, with Morgan J. Freeman (Homecoming) directing a direct-to-video sequel in 2002 entitled American Psycho II: All American Girl, which starred Mila Kunis as an “angrier, deadlier, sexier” American Psycho. If you haven’t seen it, you’re not missing anything. And if you have seen it, you’ve probably blocked it from your memory anyway.