FX has announced plans to develop a series that's a follow-up to 2000's serial killer satire American Psycho (based on Bret Easton Ellis's novel), continuing its tradition of turning beloved, violent films into television series, and making the network's already grim lineup potentially even grimmer.
Nellie Andreeva reports at Deadline today that FX is working on a series that would follow a 50-something year old Patrick Bateman as he trains a protégé. The teacher will, obviously, match the student when it comes to sadistic machinations. So... fun? (There has already been an American Psycho sequel that you'd probably care to forget starring Mila Kunis.)
Reworking a well-liked film for television is inherently a risky endeavor—what if it doesn't live up to expectations? Who will take on Christian Bale's iconic role?—but American Psycho is the second such project they network has embarked on recently. Back in March they greenlighted a Fargo miniseries. Notably, the Fargo project, which will star Billy Bob Thornton, is not a sequel, and is only "loosely based" on the movie.
Both of these series imply that the network is interested in adding to their lineup of violent, dark series, which already includes Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story. Though the network has comedies in development—an animated show from Seth Rogen, a DL Hughley comedy—it's also exported hit funny shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League to spinoff network FXX.
American Pyscho won't be on for a while, but it will have a good home, a network that relishes perversity. See, for instance, the latest creepy American Horror Story promo.