American Psycho, the gruesome glimpse into a disturbed mind, first a novel by LA writer Bret Easton Ellis and later adapted into a Christian Bale Hollywood film, will hit the Great White Way [aka Broadway]!
“There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience,” playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says. “An ax and a chef’s knife will be used. I think there’s going to be a lot of blood.”
Bale’s unforgettable depiction of deranged Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman turned into a 2000 box office hit, but will it sell out on Broadway? “Obviously, it’s not for the people who want to see ‘Elf,'” Aguirre-Sacasa said, referring to the Will Ferrell film’s new Broadway adaptation.
The Broadway production, under work since 2008, will be titled American Psycho: The Musical . Duncan Sheik, the musical’s composer, compares it to Malcolm McDowell singing songs during A Clockwork Orange [who, by the way, won a Grammy and two Tony Awards for songs in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening]
Aguirre-Sacasa is set on including scenes like Bateman’s raincoat-wearing ax murder and a wildly obsessive business card comparing luncheon [familiar to fans of the film].
Major blood on Broadway? Is bringing American Psycho to the stage a good idea or not? And who would you like to see play the role of a psycho ax murderer?