Lionsgate Looks to Noble Jones for a Remake of 'American Psycho'

December 8, 2011
Source: Deadline

American Psycho

Since Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi flick Starship Troopers getting prepped for a reboot, it's not surprise to hear that another cult classic is in the midst of getting a shiny new remake as well. Deadline has word that Lionsgate has hired Noble Jones to adapt an updated low budget remake of American Psycho, the 2000 film starring Christian Bale based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name. Jones also hopes to make his feature directorial debut after pitching the project to Lionsgate a few months back with the first draft of the script turned in sometime last month. But don't expect the same Patrick Bateman from the original film.

Obviously Christian Bale won't return since it's a remake and not a sequel, but this new version of the story will bring the serial killer into modern New York City, so Bateman's survival as a killer in this world will be quite different than it was 10 years ago. While Ellis' book obviously tackles different subject matter, I can't help but think we've already seen some of what will be present in this film in the Showtime series "Dexter" which also follows a serial killer. Of course, the difference here obviously comes from the fact that Bateman is just batshit crazy while Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) kills only those who kill and harm others. It's going to be hard to measure up to Mary Harron's original film, but more importantly, who will top Christian Bale peculiar and fantastic performance as the insane Patrick Bateman? Thoughts?

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  • Serena Price
    It's ripe for a remake. Shia LaBeouf, Zac Efron, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgely or Chace Crawford as Patrick Bateman
    • Ed Westwick is mysterious enough to maybe pull it off, and Zac Efron might have the chops, but I don't know why you're picking only young Hollywood heartthrobs for a role like this.
    • Neuromancer
      This reply sounds vaguely familiar... ^^
    • Josh Taylor
      None of those stars even compares to Christian Bale. We don't need a baby faced star for the role, we need an actor who looks like a suave man, not a child.
    • Anonymous
      i guess those of you who want a remake aren't familiar with the original? it's a classic.....and NOBODY is going to top bales performance. this remake crap is WAAAAAAY out of control.
    • Aunticriste
      " Patrick Bateman." I thought you were making a victims list.
    • I.M. Serious
      Shia LeBeouf? Zac Efron? GTFO
    • youfail
      LOL Shia LaBeouf and Zaf Efron...are you kidding me???
  • Donkey
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Why would they destroy that great piece of insanity?
    • Tester
      • name
        haha this was my exact response when i heard this news; times like this I channel Micheal Scott's rage.
    • Anonymous
      amen to that, donkey!
    • andrew
      I agree, why the hell do they make remakes of great movies. Leave these films alone and enjoy them for what they are. Stupid Hollywood
  • High school plays don't do as many repeats as hollywood. Jeeeze. It just feels that there's so much new, fresh quasi-indie films out there - how do we keep falling into this repeat funnel? Kind of depressing 
  • Jordan
    I can't wait for the remake of Moneyball... or Immortals... waiting 11 years to remake films to way too long.
  • Terrorists 1 - 0 America (well done guys, well done...)
  • Yeah um we don't need a remake of this movie at all.
  • Anonymous
    The header picture for this article is all it should take to make everyone realize that this is a horrible idea.  I can't think of a single actor who could play Bateman as hilarious as in that whole scene (his little jig and the cheery "Hey Paul!") while at the same time making me feel cold on the inside at the sight of his utter lack of emotion. 
    • Anonymous
      i can't imagine anyone trying to improve on his performance in the movie.
    • Quietus
      I could support a remake if they got Heath Ledger to star.
  • Al
    They dont care if people say they shouldnt do a remake..theyre gonna do it anyways. So in that case I vote Paul Dano.
  • Xerxexx
  • Colossus
    No, god, please... NOOO!!!  Leave it alone!  It's a f**kin' classic!  Who the hell thought it was a good idea to remake this?
  • Posthuman
  • At least keep it to the book. The book is incredible. The original movie is fantastic. Why "modernize" it? Stupid. Pointless. LAME. Etc.
  • Chris Amaya
    I don't think anyone can do as good a job as Christian Bale. 
  • Horseflesh
    Straight to DVD
  • Anonymous
    You like Huey Lewis and the News?
    • Anonymous
      i like when he called his lawyer near the end and said he killed a guy, and a woman, and couple of bums.....and a cat.....hahahaha! it's a great movie as is!       - THEY SHOULDN'T REMAKE THIS!!!!
      • Anonymous
        I know that the movie cut out a lot from the book, and it was relatively low budget so the incomprehensible wealth of Bateman wasn't fully realized, but Bale dominated that role. Also, setting it in modern day isn't as funny. There needs to be pagers and car phones.
  • ReelBrew
    Remaking this is utterly stupid. Even if they included the part with the rat and the vagina it wouldn't decrease the stupidity. What's next, a Miss Congeniality remake?
  • Fake
    And they say there's no creativity in Hollywood....
  • Early prediction: This won't happen. 
  • Quirky
    check out my dubs
  • JimD
    this is ridonkulous. Some of these movies arent even that old and they are already getting a remake? lol
  • Zig
    Hollywood reaffirms yet again that they have lost all traces of artistry and creativity. But they sure will scramble to make a buck.
    • Jacob Ryan
      True indeed, they don't have much ideas for new movies so they turn their crooked heads to remaking some. They need to start going on YouTube and looking up some new directors and try to work on new ideas.
  • happy camper
    all i wanna know is when will they Remake the American Psycho Remake?
  • rennmaxbeta
    Like this comment if you suddenly feel like returning some videotapes.
  • Yourmomshouse
    Check em.
  • Voice of Reason
    This is awful. Bales American Psycho is untouchable genius. I dont need it modernized, nor do I need all of what was in the book. I seriously don't need to see the scene with the rat going into the well, nevermind....AmericanPsycho was a solid, fun, scary, psychotic-ly awesome movie all around. I will protest the f™ck out of this remake (if it ever happens).
  • tir na nog
    The book is one of my favourites,definetly the funniest I have read.I didn't think the film got a lot of the humour,I didn't think it was funny,but it did get his violent,narcissistic character.
  • grimjob
    jesus h. christ. WHY?!! Why won't this remake shit end? I hope this flops so bad it ruins careers and force at least one studio to shut down.
  • Waffles
    Starting a petition to make sure this never happens. Haha.
  • Boiler Bro Joe
    This is unbelievably pointless.
  • Jacob Ryan
    Damn, no one can top Bale's performance. Hollywood does remakes to modernize them and because they're hasn't been enough original ideas for movies; so they turn to remaking some. I'm making my own fan-made version but damn straight it ain't gonna be as good as Bales. But I hope that remakes will go down to its knees soon. But this remake might...
  • Educarlos
    querem estragar o livro e o filme?




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