is in the works over at Lionsgate. It's being positioned as a "modern day re-imagining", which is just as terrifying a concept as an out-and-out remake. I was entirely on board for the Broadway musical adaptation, but this is just ridiculous to the nth degree.
I remember being disappointed, but hardly surprised, when the Spider-Man franchise was given the reboot only a few years after the original trilogy concluded (and some ten years after the first film brought about a new wave of box office records), but to redo the eleven-year-old American Psycho doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever. It's not even like Mary Harron's brilliant 2000 horror-comedy was particularly popular - it's place in pop culture relies solely to its cast of Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon and Jared Leto. It was my number three film of the decade, so to say I haven't the highest of hopes is to put it mildly.
I also can't help but feel that a modern day interpretation would be completely besides the point of both Bret Easton Ellis' novel, and Harron's satire adaptation. Harron's film was hardly the most faithful book-to-film we've ever seen, but it took the novel's heart, it's cold, brutal satire of the late 1980s consumerism, and turned it into a palatable, visually striking affair. Sure, we hardly needed to be reminded of 1989 excess, but do we really need an American Psycho for the "occupied generation"? We all know Wall Street is screwed up, so why tell us again in the guise of this brand-hopping remake?
I weep for the modernised take on scenes that featured the music of Huey Lewis and the News, Genesis and Whitney Houston. What are the modern day pop icons that "David Fincher protege" Noble Jones can twist into recalibrated symbols of decadence? Lady Gaga? LMFAO? Doubtful. What horror movies will this modern day Patrick Bateman watch on blu-ray as he does his crunches and metrosexualises himself? I guess that's where the term "torture porn" really will get its due.