Variety reports Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel, about a yuppie Wall Street broker driven to serial murder by the excesses of the 1980s, is being developed as a "large-scale musical" with hopes of landing on Broadway. Meanwhile, in other news, everyone associated with the project was declared certifiably nuts.
American Psycho previously spawned a film adaptation directed by Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol) and starring Christian Bale in the titular role. That was one of the movies that, according to attorneys for Michael Hernandez, messed with the teenager's mind and led to his murdering a schoolmate.
No word yet on how the musical's producers intend to depict the book's grotesquely detailed murders or what it was about the novel, exactly, that screamed "This is perfect for Broadway!" Dusting off Xanadu for the stage? OK, I get that. Hiring Bono and The Edge to score a Broadway musical based on Spider-Man? A little nervous, but fine.
But turning American Psycho into a song-and-dance romp sounds about as promising as adapting Carrie into a musical - and look how that one turned out.