The original story took place in the 1980s and centered on Patrick Bateman, an investment banker who was also a murderer. The TV show would be set many years after the original movie and would center on Patrick, now in his 50s, taking on a student “who will become every bit his equal,” according to FX.
The script will be written by Stefan Jaworski.
No word on whether Bale will return as Patrick.
Upon its publication, the novel met with controversy because of its content and its sales are restricted in some other countries such as Australia, where it can only be sold to people over 18.
“American Psycho” also starred Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon, and Chloe Sevigny and was well-received critically. However, Ellis said of the film, “American Psycho was a book I didn’t think needed to be turned into a movie… I think the problem with American Psycho was that it was conceived as… a literary work with a very unreliable narrator at the center of it and the medium of film demands answers.”
A sequel to the original film, titled “American Psycho 2: All American Girl,” was released in 2002 and starred Mila Kunis as a murderous student who wants to become the assistant for her college class. In “Girl,” actor Michael Kremko took on the role of Patrick.
The book has also been adapted into a musical with music and lyrics by “Spring Awakening” composer Duncan Sheik, which is set to premiere in London this December.
FX is currently the home of shows such as “American Horror Story,” “Sons of Anarchy,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and was also behind past programs including “Nip/Tuck,” “The Shield,” and “Rescue Me.”