"I think people are going to be surprised," Act 4 Entertainment Vice President of Production and Development Jesse Singer says of his company's plan to bring "American Psycho" to the stage. Previously adapted for the screen in 2000 by director Mary Harron, and based on a novel by outspoken author Bret Easton Ellis, it's a chronicle of pharmaceutical and credit-fueled excess with a famously brand-obsessed yuppie, Patrick Batemen, as its antihero protagonist.
Bringing it to the stage is one more layer in the "American Psycho" narrative, the continued transformation of a book and film that have been decried as cruelly misogynistic into something embedded in our pop consciousness. Act 4 has taken to Kickstarter in order to seek funds for the project, which would bring an all-singing, all-dancing Patrick Bateman to the stage with music from Duncan Sheik.
Strangely, it all makes sense.