12 Inferior Film Sequels That Totally Missed The Point Of The Originals
11. Naming A Movie "American Psycho 2" Doesn't Make It A Sequel To American Psycho
Lionsgate Films released American Psycho 2: All-American Girl in 2002 as the direct-to-video sequel to the cult 2000 film American Psycho, which starred Christian Bale as serial killer Patrick Bateman. However, the "sequel" originated as an unrelated script titled The Girl Who Wouldn't Die. Lionsgate saw the popularity of the original and thought connecting the new movie to American Psycho would help sell DVDs. The only connection to the original film is Bateman appearing in the opening scene, but Bale didn't return to portray Bateman. Bale's performance in the original makes the character ridiculously likeable despite being psychotic. That concept is what the "sequel" forgoes, because there's nothing to latch on to with star Mila Kunis' generic character. Both Bret Easton Ellis (who wrote the novel American Psycho) and Kunis have spoken out about attaching the unrelated movie to a cult classic. But in the defense of Lionsgate, the move wasn't without precedent...
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