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Friday, 13 April, 2001, 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
American Psycho sequel planned
Christian Bale
Christian Bale in the original American Psycho
A sequel to last year's film adaptation of American Psycho is to go into production, with the aim of creating a popular movie series.

Independent studio Lions Gate Productions has given the green light to American Psycho II, with a budget of $10m (6.9m).


American Psycho II is a darkly satirical script

Michael Paseornek, Lions Gate
Actress Mila Kunis - best known for her part in the sitcom That 70s Show - will take up the knife-wielding role of the protagonist.

She will play a victim of the original psycho, played by Christian Bale, who turns aggressor, causing havoc on a college campus.

Production is due to begin in May, with filming on location in Toronto, Canada. There is no guarantee that the film will ever be released in cinemas and may go straight to video.

Psycho sequels

The studio hopes the film could spawn a series of American Psycho sequels.

American Psycho
American Psycho was based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis
"American Psycho II is a darkly satirical script in the spirit of the original," said Michael Paseornek, president of Lions Gate productions.

The first film was based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis and earned Lions Gate Films more than $15.1m (10.3m) in the US.

"If we make good movies, we could have a franchise here," said Paseornak.

"It's up to us not to blow it," he said.

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