Recently, we covered a story about the American Psycho remake—an idea that, initially, I was strongly against. First of all, it’s only been about ten years. Why remake something that isn’t all that old? Secondly: why remake something that was done right the first time? Seriously, who’s going to do a better Bateman than Christian Bale? And how can you take him out of the 80’s? Patrick Bateman is the 80’s. You can’t really expect to modernize his character while maintaining the spirit of Bret Easton Ellis' novel (which I also love). The very idea of a contemporary remake offended me, and seemed impossible to pull off in a way that would please the book's fans. People are still bitching about it over on Bret’s Facebook, and I can’t really blame them. It’s easy to reject something that threatens to replace the thing you hold near and dear. The same defense mechanisms kick in every time I hear about a Goonies or Back to the Future remake. It's a bad idea.
But slowly, my feelings started to change. My conversations went from “They shouldn’t be doing this!” to “Well, if they go forward, they should do it like this...” in nature. My friends and I talked about portions of the book missing from the first adaptation that we would like to see included in this one. Opportunities reclaimed. We actually started to get excited about this avant-garde version of our favorite yuppie.
So, without further ado, here are the Top 10 things we’d like to see in the American Psycho remake:
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I am on board with this since Bret Easton Ellis approved the screenplay.
I have to return some videotapes.