Bret Easton Ellis is full of surprises this week. First, we learned that he was celebrating the death of J.D. Salinger (“Party tonight!!!“); now we hear that American Psycho will be made into a musical. The L.A. Times reports that Tony Award–winning songwriter Duncan Sheik, best known for Spring Awakening, is adapting the 1991 novel.
Sheik had a literary epiphany after rereading the book this summer, he said in a statement:
“I came to feel that what some people (including myself) may have seen as an over-the-top literary folly of the early nineties was in fact a pretty timeless tale of alienation and solipsism.”
He added: “And, really, what could be more subversive fun than murderous bankers breaking into song?”
Sheik will write the show’s music and lyrics; playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is signed on for the script.