Ok, so I found out that they are making a American Psycho musical. First off American Psycho is one of my favorite films as well as one of the funniest/entertaining books I’ve ever read. The fact that they are making a musical out of it makes me excited as well as cringe. Apparently the producers of HBO’s Big Love are behind this project. Duncan Sheik is slated to score the thing. Duncan Sheik? Really? Maybe if they were doing a Dawsons Creek musical, but not American Psycho. Why not get Phil Collins or David Byrne from the Talking Heads, or any of the other artists mentioned in Ellis’ book. I doubt Heuy Lewis’ date book is filled. They need to make it uber upbeat and 80s not (cringe) acoustic/soft modern contemporary i.e. Duncan Sheik.
But since learning of these new musical aspirations, In a weird way it makes sense to make it into a musical. Ellis’ character Patrick Bateman is portrayed as a music fanatic as he (Ellis) devoted entire chapters to analyzing different albums of the 80’s era in extreme detail. So why not take that musical fanaticism to the extreme and make the book a musical?
I dare you not to read pages from the book and not sing them, it adds an entirely new dimension to the story and its characters. Imagine singing lines like “I was freaked out by the park bench that followed me for six blocks…” or ” My need to engage in homicidal behavior on a massive scale cannot be corrected, but, ah, I have no other way to fulfill my needs.” I cant wait to hear Celine Dion’s cover.