"American Psycho" aims for Broadway show

Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:06pm EDT
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Controversial social satire "American Psycho" is headed for Broadway, eight years after the novel became a movie starring Christian Bale, the companies adapting the book to the stage said on Tuesday.

The 1991 book from author Bret Easton Ellis centers on young Wall Street investment banker Patrick Bateman, an obsessively materialistic yuppie who by night commits murders while losing himself in drugs and prostitution.

The Johnson-Roessler Company, The Collective and XYZ Films partnered to acquire, develop and produce the live stage version of the novel, the companies said.

"American Psycho" has sold more than 1.6 million copies worldwide, but when it came out it shocked readers with graphic content that included Bateman's torturing a woman with a rat.

The film received a great deal of attention in the media, but was released mostly in art house cinemas and earned only $15 million at U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.

No date was given for when the stage show would open.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)