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‘American Psycho’: Stuart Gordon Shares The Story Of His Failed Attempt To Direct The Film

“Everything seemed to be coming together, but that summer a movie had recently opened that would radically change the landscape of the entertainment industry forever."

American Psycho

Director Stuart Gordon shared his fascinating story about how he tried to direct the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel “American Psycho.”

In an article written for The Talkhouse, Gordon shares his first memories of reading the disturbing novel and not being able to get the story out of his head. The book was released in 1991 and caused mayhem over it’s graphic and explicit scenes, with Ellis even disassociated himself from his work. Fascinated by the story, Gordon asked Ellis’ agent for the film rights and was successful.

“‘You can have a free option,’ Ellis’ agent told me and then added, ‘And good luck,’” Gordon wrote. Excited about the prospect of creating something as classic as Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” he enlisted Johnny Depp to play the lead.

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“Everything seemed to be coming together, but that summer a movie had recently opened that would radically change the landscape of the entertainment industry forever,” he wrote. “It was ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ a story that featured another brilliant serial killer, Hannibal Lecter and his grisly handiwork.”

Pretty soon serial killers were “in” and then came the call from Ellis’ agent about pulling the rights to the book because everyone was putting in offers. To make matters worse, Gordon said that Ellis trashed talked him and thought Depp was wrong for the lead role.

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Though in an updated version of his story, Ellis responded to those claims saying, “I don’t ever remember trashing Stuart whom I like and ‘Silence of the Lambs’ movie came out before ‘AP.’ But if this is how S remembers it….I’m a fan of Stuart’s movies.”

In the piece, he continues by describing how the “American Psycho” film developed without him, and the directors and actors who were attached to themovie. It eventually went on to be directed by Mary Harron and starred Christian Bale.

His story is quite entertaining. Check it out for yourself by clicking here.

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