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

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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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Reader Feedback - 55 Comments

1

It's ripe for a remake. Shia LaBeouf, Zac Efron, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgely or Chace Crawford as Patrick Bateman

Serena Price on Dec 8, 2011

2

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.

Ethan Anderton on Dec 8, 2011

3

This reply sounds vaguely familiar... ^^

Neuromancer on Dec 8, 2011

4

That's because he recommended the same actors to play John McLane's son in the new Die Hard film.  He must really like recommending Disney channel stars to play the bad asses of the 90s... http://www.firstshowing.net/2011/ben-foster-paul-dano-others-may-have-a-good-day-to-die-hard/#comment-335399273

peloquin on Dec 8, 2011

5

I vote Paul Dano. He can play insane.

Al on Dec 8, 2011

6

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.

Josh Taylor on Dec 8, 2011

7

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.

Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011

8

"...as Patrick Bateman." I thought you were making a victims list.

Aunticriste on Dec 8, 2011

9

Shia LeBeouf? Zac Efron? GTFO

I.M. Serious on Dec 9, 2011

10

LOL Shia LaBeouf and Zaf Efron...are you kidding me???

youfail on Dec 9, 2011

11

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Why would they destroy that great piece of insanity?

Donkey on Dec 8, 2011

13

haha this was my exact response when i heard this news; times like this I channel Micheal Scott's rage.

name on Dec 9, 2011

14

amen to that, donkey!

Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011

15

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

andrew on Dec 8, 2011

16

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 

Nick Sears on Dec 8, 2011

17

I can't wait for the remake of Moneyball... or Immortals... waiting 11 years to remake films to way too long.

Jordan on Dec 8, 2011

18

that is a classic comment - funny stuff!

Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011

19

I'll do you one better lets remake The Hobbit or Avatar 2. http://www.mediocrityisthenewgenius.com

Jseathroo on Dec 8, 2011

20

Terrorists 1 - 0 America (well done guys, well done...)

Agent Kid Society on Dec 8, 2011

21

Yeah um we don't need a remake of this movie at all.

Raymond Morse on Dec 8, 2011

22

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 on Dec 8, 2011

23

i can't imagine anyone trying to improve on his performance in the movie.

Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011

24

I could support a remake if they got Heath Ledger to star.

Quietus on Dec 8, 2011

25

They dont care if people say they shouldnt do a remake..theyre gonna do it anyways. So in that case I vote Paul Dano.

Al on Dec 8, 2011

26

Nah.

Xerxexx on Dec 8, 2011

27

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?

Colossus on Dec 8, 2011

28

sad

Posthuman on Dec 8, 2011

29

At least keep it to the book. The book is incredible. The original movie is fantastic. Why "modernize" it? Stupid. Pointless. LAME. Etc.

Randi Tyler on Dec 8, 2011

30

I don't think anyone can do as good a job as Christian Bale. 

Chris Amaya on Dec 8, 2011

31

Straight to DVD

Horseflesh on Dec 8, 2011

32

My sentiments exactly. http://www.mediocrityisthenewgenius.com

esophus on Dec 8, 2011

33

You like Huey Lewis and the News?

Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011

34

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 on Dec 8, 2011

35

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.

Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011

36

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?

ReelBrew on Dec 8, 2011

37

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Colin Gillespie on Dec 8, 2011

38

And they say there's no creativity in Hollywood....

Fake on Dec 8, 2011

39

Early prediction: This won't happen. 

Quanah on Dec 8, 2011

40

Since it's Lionsgate, you are probably right.

Lebowski on Dec 8, 2011

41

They should focus on Hunger Games cause Conan sucked! http://www.mediocrityisthenewgenius.com

Jseathroo on Dec 8, 2011

42

check out my dubs

Quirky on Dec 8, 2011

43

this is ridonkulous. Some of these movies arent even that old and they are already getting a remake? lol

JimD on Dec 8, 2011

44

Hollywood reaffirms yet again that they have lost all traces of artistry and creativity. But they sure will scramble to make a buck.

Zig on Dec 8, 2011

45

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.

Jacob Ryan on Feb 5, 2012

46

all i wanna know is when will they Remake the American Psycho Remake?

happy camper on Dec 8, 2011

47

Like this comment if you suddenly feel like returning some videotapes.

rennmaxbeta on Dec 8, 2011

48

Check em.

Yourmomshouse on Dec 9, 2011

49

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).

Voice of Reason on Dec 9, 2011

50

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.

tir na nog on Dec 9, 2011

51

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.

grimjob on Dec 9, 2011

52

Starting a petition to make sure this never happens. Haha. http://www.change.org/petitions/lionsgate-stop-the-remake-of-american-psycho

Waffles on Dec 9, 2011

53

This is unbelievably pointless.

Boiler Bro Joe on Jan 12, 2012

54

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...

Jacob Ryan on Feb 5, 2012

55

querem estragar o livro e o filme?

Educarlos on Mar 5, 2012

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