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Bret Easton Ellis Says 'American Psycho' Remake Will Be "Genuine"

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist December 15, 2011 at 3:42PM

Of all the remakes to be announced in the last little while, Lionsgate's do-over of "American Psycho" has generated the most (outraged) chatter. Already deemed a contemporary classic starring a wickedly deranged Christian Bale and directed with finesse by Mary Harron, the film took the source novel's satircal edge to its logical ends. Anyway, the story is being updated to contemporary New York by commercials and music video director Noble Jones (who also helmed the Grammy nominated "10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroad"), and of all people, it's the author Bret Easton Ellis who has become a champion of sorts for the movie.
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American Psycho

Of all the remakes to be announced in the last little while, Lionsgate's do-over of "American Psycho" has generated the most (outraged) chatter. Already deemed a contemporary classic starring a wickedly deranged Christian Bale and directed with finesse by Mary Harron, the film took the source novel's satircal edge to its logical ends. Anyway, the story is being updated to contemporary New York by commercials and music video director Noble Jones (who also helmed the Grammy nominated "10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroad"), and of all people, it's the author Bret Easton Ellis who has become a champion of sorts for the movie.

The Twitter-happy writer hit his account yesterday to declare, "Haters beware: I just had a long discussion with Noble Jones, the writer/director of the "new" American Psycho movie. His take is genuine..." He doesn't elaborate any further, but it seems the generally outspoken Ellis is pleased (at least so far) with the direction it's going in, so maybe we should be too? Still seems like a terrible idea, but if Jones does have another interesting perspective to the story, we suppose we'll have to give it a shot. We also guess that Ellis used the opportunity in meeting Jones to tell the director his casting perference for Patrick Bateman as either Miles Fisher or Scott Disick.

So yeah, it seems this thing is really happening and with Ellis on board, we presume Lionsgate will be pretty happy to have the author on their side. Guess we'll have to grit our teeth and bear it for now. Suddenly, we feel like listening to some Huey Lewis...

This article is related to: Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho


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