If you haven’t been keeping up with the news related to the musical based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel, you may be wondering, “did the American Psycho musical not debut in...America?” Well, no. The musical adaptation of the book (which became a 2000 movie featuring Christian Bale in one of his classic roles) made its world premiere in London starring former Doctor Who Matt Smith as Patrick Bateman back in December and is now set to begin a run at New York’s Second Stage Theater starting in February 2015.
Duncan Sheik, who handled the music and lyrics (and is known for his Tony-winning work on Spring Awakening), will be involved with the American version and is said to be writing a couple of new songs, while writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) is making some revisions of his own. Rupert Goold will return to direct the production, which the New York Times notes on Monday will have an all-American cast.
The British version contains very little of the brutal violence described to stomach-churning excess in the book except for the stabbing of a homeless man and the murder of co-worker Paul Owen (bloody raincoat and all), but it appears American audiences can also expect to see producers step up the gore. Second Stage artistic director Carole Rothman tells the Times “there will be a lot more BLOOD!!!”
Aguirre-Sacasa echoed Rothman’s statement by adding that the new version will have “a bit more ‘psycho’ in the text and production, a little more horror and suspense.”
If you can’t make it to New York to catch the show, there are plans to continue the story and bring it to television. Last September, FX confirmed it is developing a TV series picking up with a mid-50s Bateman taking on a protégé in present day. Given the current creepy members of the network’s lineup like American Horror Story and vampiric newcomer The Strain, it seems like an American Psycho-based show would be right at home there.