Yeah, I guesss if you’re going to put American Psycho on a stage, you might as well go all the way and make it a musical. Also there was that script that Bret Easton Ellis wrote before the APS movie was made that ended in a musical number… clearly the idea has been in his head for a long time. I think it’s so ridiculous and weird that it works - and I guess if you want to get all interpretive about it, the idea in the book is that Patrick and his friends only exist as facades, like they’re acting for an audience of each other.
The whole world is a stage, right?
(I’m excited to finally hear all the songs in one place!) We’ve known for a while now that the APS musical would be coming to Broadway, but over the past few days there have been a few new articles written about it.
In case you missed it, the musical debuted in London, with Matt Smith (yeah, that bow-tie dude from Doctor Who) in the role of Patrick Bateman. The show will be playing at Second Stage Theater in New York starting February 2015 (assuming everything goes as planned). There will be more blood, a few new songs, and an all-American cast. No word on any specific names yet. The only possible hint is from a tweet from BEE last year:
A TV show?
They did it to Psycho, they did it to the Hannibal movies, and now there’s a chance they might be doing it to American Psycho. Mid/late 2013, FX studios was considering an American Psycho sequel in movie form (I guess the utter failure of the 2002 film with Mila Kunis wasn’t enough to steer them away). After a while, that discussion faded away, and the idea of a TV series was brought up - the synopsis being:
“In the new drama series, iconic serial killer Patrick Bateman, now in his mid-50’s but as outrageous and lethal as ever, takes on a protégé in a sadistic social experiment who will become every bit his equal — a next generation American Psycho.”
The most recent article about this was written this year, however it cited no sources whatsoever, and gave no new information, so it’s entirely possible that it was just recycled by a website to get some views. It’s also very possible that, like the possibility of a film sequel, the TV idea has floated away on the breeze.
I’ve given my opinion below, but I’d love to hear what you think about either of these events!
a m e r i c a n p s y c h o ; // ”Did you know I’m utterly insane?" [listen]
i. clean // ii. oh, sri lanka // iii. everybody wants to rule the world// iv. i’m not a common man // v. coming in the air tonight // vi. i am back // vii. hip to be square // viii. killer wolf // ix. hardbody // x. you are what you wear // xi. this is not an exit // xii. don’t you want me// xiii. end of an island // xiv. mistletoe alert // xv. a nice thought // xvi. a girl before // xvii. if we get married
[ A mix of all the currently leaked/released songs from the musical American Psycho. All rights go to respected owners. ]
(notice my tag which you can blacklist in case I have a lapse and decide to make more dumb text posts in the future)
I figured since you all like American Psycho anyways that I would go ahead and shamelessly promote a fairly new blog that I made, where I’m working my way through watching what various sources claim to be ‘the most disturbing movies ever made.’ If you look at my list (currently at 78 titles), and you know of a movie you think should be on it, please let me know! And no, I will not be promoting other blogs regularly; I just figured it might be something that some of you might be interested in.
Also, quick storytime: So the other day I was in Macy’s (having a miserable shopping experience all around) and then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, Hip to be Square started playing on the radio. My day was much better after that, although I think one lady might have noticed me mouthing out the words. Small miracles happen every day, my friends.
Over the last few months, several people have asked me for opinions and information about American Psycho for school projects. I’m in the process of making a Resources page, with various interviews, essays, and articles related to American Psycho that could hopefully help anyone writing a report or essay (or just for your reading pleasure).
I’m still absolutely thrilled if someone wants to know my personal take on anything related to APS (or serial killers… or psychology… or the effects of violent media in our culture… basically, anything), but I’m just one student who happens to be a really enthusiastic fan of APS, and my opinion is no more qualified than that of anyone who has seriously studied the book. I thought it might be helpful to list some sources which are much more sophisticated (and well-written!) than my personal opinion. I’m not quite sure when the page will be done, but it should be pretty soon.
Looong answer. Sorry…
I don’t really remember. My past is irrelevant to me.
"An animal, probably a mouse or a rat. Maybe even a bug. Something small and pointless.”
At the age of six I used to keep fish in a tank, and I remember scooping one out and watching it flop back and forth, helpless, until it died. This wasn’t my first kill, but for some reason the memory is etched clearly into my mind.
Sussudio | Phil Collins | …Hits
Phil Collins’ solo efforts seem to be more commercial, and therefore more satisfying in a narrower way, especially songs like “In the Air Tonight” and “Against All Odds.”
Sabrina, don’t just stare at it, eat it.
I’m reading through the book a third time, and this time around I’ve got a paper and pen beside me all the time because I am compiling a master playlist of All the Songs Mentioned in American Psycho. This will take a while.
I’m really not sure what grade, or even if it’s for college. If it were me, I’d probably wait until the 2nd or 3rd year of high school to even think about it, and at that point I would ask my teacher if it would be appropriate to write about. I’m sure it depends on the individual teacher. I’m glad so many people are reading the book!
Any input from people who have done / are doing reports?