Another film will join the run of musicals based on blockbusters to hit Broadway soon, as American Psycho has been confirmed as the latest adaptation to hit the Great White Way soon. The cult classic film, based on the novel by Brett Easton Ellis, focuses on Patrick Bateman, a wealthy Manhattanite who revels in bizarre and grotesque murder sequences.
The musical has already debuted in fact, in London however. The production is apparently looking for a theater in New York, although a press release suggested that the producers are hoping to land at a "yet-unnamed Shubert Theatre," seemingly suggesting that the production will theoretically go down on 44th Street...considering that's the only Shubert Theatre in New York.
Benjamin Walker is set to star as Bateman, a role famously played by Christian Bale in the film. Walker has a history with murder, musicals and...American history. He played the lead in the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and also starred in the rock opera/musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His experience with presidents won't come in handy here, but his experience with violent material will be appreciated by producers.
American Psycho won't be the first musical to focus on a serial killer-most are familiar with Sweeney Todd following the film adaptation, starring Johnny Depp. Although that play is plenty bloody, it can't hold a candle to some of the horrific details held within the pages of Psycho. That said, the film didn't quite live up to the book either so the musical ought to be bearable.
No word on how much Phil Collins and Genesis...two of Bateman's favorite acts...will appear in the stageplay.
American Psycho joins Fight Club, Alice in Wonderland and The Man Who Fell to Earth as cult classic films that will get musical adaptations in the near future.