Serial killers and the small screen seem to be an irresistible combination of late, so the news that FX is developing a sequel series to “American Psycho” isn’t as utterly insane as, say, trying to get a reservation at Dorsia. Patrick Bateman, the psychotic investment banker created by Bret Easton Ellis, was introduced in Ellis’ 1991 novel, has since turned up in several other of the writer’s books, and was played by Christian Bale in Mary Harron’s 2000 film.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the TV project will catch up with Bateman in his mid-50s, where he’s taken on a protege who becomes his equal. The original novel was set in the ’80s, so one can only hope this new contemporary compulsive killer with also be a terrible Millennial stereotype who works in a tech start-up and murders people when they have more Twitter followers than he does. A direct-to-DVD sequel to the “American Psycho” movie, “American Psycho II: All American Girl,” was actually released in 2000 and starred Mila Kunis as a murderous criminology student.
The prospective drama series comes from Allison Shearmur, writer Stefan Jaworski and Lionsgate Television. Shearmur will executive produce alongside Ed Pressman and Danish writer Jaworski (who has an adaptation of his own Danish series “Those Who Kill” set for a first season at A&E). Regardless of how an “American Psycho” continuation sounds to you, it does fall in line with the edgy programming FX has continued to embrace with “American Horror Story,” “Sons of Anarchy” (returning for a sixth season this week), “The Bridge” and “The Americans.”
Here’s Christian Bale as Bateman in the film waxing eloquent about Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All”: