Brad Renfro & Nick Stahl / Christian Bale / Chloe Sevigny / Reese Witherspoon

Bully / American Psycho / Trees Lounge / Freeway

20 YEARS OF MUSE PRODUCTIONS 

American Psycho Japanese DVD cover

American Psycho Japanese DVD cover

On the set of American Psycho with method actor Christian Bale. 

Now THAT is a remake we can live with. Picador has released American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis with some sharp new art, one of 12 famous novels getting black-and-white redesigns. 
On the other hand, the recreation of American Psycho being put together by Lionsgate is not so satisfactory. The film has become a contemporary classic, yet director Noble Jones (who has directed short films, documentaries and music videos) plans to remake it and set it in present day. 
The announcement last month generated a lot of hateful chatter online. Reportedly, one angry fan of the original even called Lionsgate and told the receptionist “You f*cking ugly bitch. I want you to clean your vagina.”  So far, Bret Easton Ellis is one of the few who has defended it, tweeting: “Haters beware: I just had a long discussion with Noble Jones, the writer/director of the “new” American Psycho movie. His take is genuine…”
And Ellis requested Scott Dissick (Kortney Kardashian’s baby’s dad, male model and entrepreneur) play Patrick Bateman, a role that served as a breakout for actor Christian Bale. 

Now THAT is a remake we can live with. Picador has released American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis with some sharp new art, one of 12 famous novels getting black-and-white redesigns. 

On the other hand, the recreation of American Psycho being put together by Lionsgate is not so satisfactory. The film has become a contemporary classic, yet director Noble Jones (who has directed short films, documentaries and music videos) plans to remake it and set it in present day. 

The announcement last month generated a lot of hateful chatter online. Reportedly, one angry fan of the original even called Lionsgate and told the receptionist “You f*cking ugly bitch. I want you to clean your vagina.”  So far, Bret Easton Ellis is one of the few who has defended it, tweeting: “Haters beware: I just had a long discussion with Noble Jones, the writer/director of the “new” American Psycho movie. His take is genuine…”

And Ellis requested Scott Dissick (Kortney Kardashian’s baby’s dad, male model and entrepreneur) play Patrick Bateman, a role that served as a breakout for actor Christian Bale. 

Roberta and Chris Hanley of MUSE Films from a May 24, 2011 article in the New York Times Magazine.

"Remember the scene in “American Psycho” where Christian Bale dissected the greatness of Huey Lewis and the News as he bludgeoned his pal to death to the song “Hip to Be Square”? What about the picture of Christina Ricci, as the willing victim, perched on the lap of Vincent Gallo, playing the degenerate kidnapper you could empathize with in “Buffalo 66″? These indelible indie film moments and more were largely brought to you by Chris and Roberta Hanley of MUSE Films.
For 20 years, the Hanleys have optioned books, commissioned screenplays, and enlisted directors and other talent based on their skill rather than their bankability. “The Virgin Suicides,” Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, was a MUSE project. So was “Freeway,”Matthew Bright’s 1996 film starring a then-aspiring young actress named Reese Witherspoon.
While their professional base is a Frank Gehry-designed house in Venice, Calif., this international couple often divide their time between homes in Kenya and England. This week, the Hanleys are at the Cannes Film Festival (having just arrived from location in Vienna) in support of several new projects, the highly anticipated Fernando Meirellesfilm, “360,” among them.”
Check out the full Q&A on the NYT website. 

Roberta and Chris Hanley of MUSE Films from a May 24, 2011 article in the New York Times Magazine.

"Remember the scene in “American Psycho” where Christian Bale dissected the greatness of Huey Lewis and the News as he bludgeoned his pal to death to the song “Hip to Be Square”? What about the picture of Christina Ricci, as the willing victim, perched on the lap of Vincent Gallo, playing the degenerate kidnapper you could empathize with in “Buffalo 66″? These indelible indie film moments and more were largely brought to you by Chris and Roberta Hanley of MUSE Films.

For 20 years, the Hanleys have optioned books, commissioned screenplays, and enlisted directors and other talent based on their skill rather than their bankability. “The Virgin Suicides,” Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, was a MUSE project. So was “Freeway,”Matthew Bright’s 1996 film starring a then-aspiring young actress named Reese Witherspoon.

While their professional base is a Frank Gehry-designed house in Venice, Calif., this international couple often divide their time between homes in Kenya and England. This week, the Hanleys are at the Cannes Film Festival (having just arrived from location in Vienna) in support of several new projects, the highly anticipated Fernando Meirellesfilm, “360,” among them.”

Check out the full Q&A on the NYT website.