'American Psycho: The Musical' promises a bloody good time
December 7th, 2010
11:12 AM ET

'American Psycho: The Musical' promises a bloody good time

A new Broadway production is hoping to make a killing at the box office.

"American Psycho: The Musical," based on the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel featuring Wall Street banker/murderer Patrick Bateman, is headed to the Great White Way and promises to be a bloody good time.

"There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience," playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells the New York Post. "An ax and a chef's knife will be used. I think there's going to be a lot of blood."

Indeed, Aguirre-Sacasa says he hopes to include gory portions of the novel, including Bateman hacking up business associate Paul Owen, as well as less brutal scenes like Bateman bumping into Tom Cruise in an elevator.

The first act of the play – which includes tunes by singer Duncan Sheik, who also penned the songs for the Broadway sensation "Spring Awakening" - is already written, with a full draft expected in early 2011.

"American Psycho" was also made into a 2000 movie starring Christian Bale as Bateman. The Broadway show has yet to be cast.

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  1. Tricky

    Stick with the movie. It was a musical in it's own. Listening to Christian Bale tell us about Huey Lewis and the News and Phil Collins worked just fine as Jared Leto met his end.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A

    well, let's see now??? If it's a musical, they should allow a score remix of *him swearing*.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Holly Golightly

    and we wonder why there is so much violence in America...just the descriptions of those scenes are revolting...

    December 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hello Kitty

    Say wha... I wonder if they graphically show the part where he stomps the dog to death, kills the little kid, or makes a hungry rat eat a woman from the inside out?

    Are people really this out of ideas for a musical? Are we really that f'ing out of ideas?

    December 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chad

    Look at the success of Sweeney Todd... It can totally work.

    December 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Superhiro

    ....Really? Can't say I'm really a fan of broadway musicals, nor have I ever seen one, but this seems too weird. First a spider man musical now this?

    December 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. boocat

    Christian Bale was brilliant in the film. But a musical????!!! I don't think so.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

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