News is out today that a new West End musical is in development: an adaptation of best-selling book and lauded movie, American Psycho. Although the location and run dates have yet to be announced, it has been confirmed that Headlong Theatre Company will be the ones bringing buckets of blood to the stage.
Rupert Goold will be directing, while the music and lyrics have been written by Duncan Sheik, known for his rock musical version of German play Spring Awakening. The script itself was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and reportedly the project has been under development for a number of years. Aguirre-Sacasa notes that “There are murders, and they are on stage in full view of the audience”, whilst also predicting “a lot of blood”.
The original novel, written by Bret Easton Ellis, has already inspired a Christian Bale-led film version, released in 2000 to critical acclaim. No casting has as yet been confirmed, but whoever is chosen for the lead role will have to have a good stomach – with scenes including an axe murder for which main character Patrick Bateman wears a raincoat to protect his suit from red stains, a fear of blood would most certainly be a hindrance.
Sheik has described the score on his Twitter feed as being “so far, completely electronic. Prophet 5, Moog, various drum machines. Imagine Depeche Mode as the pit band!” With the tagline “A bloody satire”, it is clear from the off that this will not be your average run-of-the-mill musical – think Sweeney Todd rather than Oliver. It also joins a lengthy list of plays with film versions – perhaps a risky move, considering that The King’s Speech was forced to close amidst speculation that the Oscar-winning movie destroyed the play’s chances of success.
The big question now, though: who would you like to see painting the stage red as Bateman? Let us know your suggestions below!