Bret Easton Ellis Plotting 'American Psycho' Sequel

Bret Easton Ellis Plotting 'American Psycho' Sequel

Source: BEE Twitter

Over the weekend, Bret Easton Ellis took to Twitter and started brainstorming a sequel to American Psycho (easily in my top five favorite novels of all time, if we're being Rob Fleming about this). Sequel talk tends to unnerve me, especially if it's about a work that I'm fond of, so I don't know whether to be excited or scared shitless right now.

This isn't the first time we've had some Ellis spin-off. First, there was the wretched American Psycho II: All-American Girl, a movie that my friends and I only watched as a joke. Turned out the joke was on us. Then there was Imperial Bedrooms, the sequel to Ellis' debut novel, Less Than Zero. Opinions seem to be mixed on that one. Finally, there's the upcoming American Psycho movie reboot, which the majority of core fans lambasted, as it brings Bateman into the modern day. Refer to this article for more on that. The general consensus was: 'the first movie was just fine; why make another?'

But back to the topic at hand: Bret's Twitter storm of ideas for an American Psycho sequel with Bateman in the modern day. Here are some of my favorites:

-Patrick would hate Obama and for example, go into great detail about the Honey Badger fraudulence of #Kony2012 and he'd love Kim Kardashian.

-Patrick would post pics of murdered girls on Facebook and either no one would notice or post "Fuck yeah" and that's what I'm thinking about.

-Patrick would talk about Adele and Kanye and KATY PERRY because "Firework" is his favorite song... and then he kills Katy Perry's trainer...

-Patrick would complain about spotify and the cloud and tumbler...but he would find victims via Blendr while listening to Beyonce and O.A.R.

-The other novel I've been thinking about is Sean Bateman as a total fag in West Hollywood where he contracts AIDS in the local Pavillions...

-Patrick's favorite threesome: Rihanna and that girl from Sleigh Bells...

-Patrick hanging out with Scott Disick and Rob Kardashian...

-Patrick's ideal threesome: Chris Brown and Rihanna...

-Patrick and Gavin Rossdale had a Luis Carruthers moment in the bathroom at Bristol Farms.

-OK so Sean is gay and living in West Hollywood and Patrick is visiting LA with plans to murder who? Famous actress?Anyone in "Hunger Games"?

-He hates Dexter because they stole his name...

-Keeping what might be the new book under wraps for now after last nights inspiration. But am still interested in suggestions and advice...

For the full list of posts, head on over to Bret's Twitter. Glad to know that the Facebook and Adele ideas from the LitReactor Top 10 article made it. This gives us a lot to think about. Not only is Bret considering a couple of Bateman novels, but he's actually open to ideas. This might be the first time I've seen an author solicit the public for that kind of input.

As excited as I am to see these novels get released, I have to keep in mind that Bret takes his time with his books. Don't be surprised if we don't see this come out for another five or six years. Until then, I'll hope for the best.

What do we think, LitReactors? Good or bad idea? And what do you think of Bret working on a modern day American Psycho novel while Hollywood is doing the modern day American Psycho reboot?

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Brien Piech March 12, 2012 - 6:21am

I'm just not down with it. While I would absolutely love to read another installment of the adventures of Mr. Bateman, Ellis has shown that he's lost the stress and fire that brought this character to life. It needs to be more than a thin series of murderers with a thick glaze of celebrity culture and material obsession gluing it together. There was genuine misanthropy in AP, but now he just kicks back and laughs at it. But what turns me off even more is the celebrity obsession itself, and that the modern day equivalent has lost any sort of thematic relevancy because it has actually become the asinine caricature it one day would have to. Celebrities needed their handlers and publicists, without that wall to create an image of untouchability they’re exposed as overcompensated imbeciles. The theme is played, in fact played to death, these celebrities aren't even interesting, they're allowed to take to Twitter and the like and make constant fools of themselves, the only bigger fool being their fans for feeding into this black hole of intellect and value. In regards to the theme of advertisement barrages and the effect of marketing on the brain, we're past it. In the 80s the deluge was something to raise an eyebrow at, but we have grown up in the environment of oversaturated ads on all surfaces and beamed into our brains, we aren't as affected by it, and this is why advertisers are at a loss for new methods. Bateman would have grown calloused as well. If you have a new take on the world o celebrity, materialism, etc. that AP approached in a very plaintive way, find a new metaphor and a fresh commentary. Otherwise to do so is precisely the same as the topic you’re attacking itself: a celebrity generating a fortune for simply being a celebrity.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine March 12, 2012 - 6:24am

I'm one of the few who liked Imperial Bedrooms, but I'm not sure how I feel about this. I'd prefer a Sean Bateman novel with Patrick as a supporting character.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this March 12, 2012 - 7:14am

I loved Imperial Bedrooms -- I think it brought his ouevre into a full circle. And I think with the direction his novels have taken, it almost makes sense. 

I'd be interested to see an updated Patrick Bateman. Sure, there's the potential that it won't be good and that would be disappointing, but we'll always have the original. Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the single most disappointing movie experience I've ever had. Didn't do anything to taint the original trilogy.

And who knows, it could be brilliant.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. March 12, 2012 - 9:58am

Sean Bateman having AIDS and living in West Hollywood?  Seriously?  Wow, some original ideas there, Mr. Ellis.

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun March 12, 2012 - 10:07am

I believe I already watched American Psycho 2 and it was incredile!

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Edward W. from Michigan is reading For Whom the Bell Tolls March 14, 2012 - 12:26pm

I just read American Psycho last month. I think it's interesting to think about how Bateman would  operate in the modern world, but I'm not interested in reading an entirely new book about it, let alone two.