'American Psycho' takes a stab at crowd-funding

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  • Kickstarter campaign to back new 'American Psycho' musical
  • Ax-happy protaganist a big music fan, so this makes sense (?)
  • Big names, big projects turning to Kickstarter more frequently
'American Psycho' takes a stab at crowd-funding

If you saw the film "American Psycho" and -- halfway through the disturbing, New Wave soundtracked killing spree of status-obsessed, blood-covered Patrick Bateman -- you paused to think, "You know... this would make a great musical," have we got a deal for you.

How about helping to fund an actual musical version of "American Psycho?" The novel-turned-film is taking a turn as a stage production this winter in London and its producers are turning to Kickstarter to raise an additional $150,000 for the show.

Kickstarter may more often be associated with aspiring musicians trying to crowdfund demos or inventors seeking cash for their new, fantastic ideas, but occasionally a big-time venture with familiar faces pops up as well. How's the new film coming, Zach Braff?

"American Psycho" is hoping you dig deep to help them with "the extra funds to enable everything to take place at an enhanced scale, from extending rehearsals from the traditional five to seven weeks, to having a live band instead of pre-recorded sound," according to the Kickstarter pitch.

The story "is about the American dream," proprietor Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says in a video on the site. "Granted it's a perverse, dark, twisted version –- but it is the American dream nonetheless."

The '80s synth-pop score is being written by Duncan "Barely Breathing" Sheik, and the show is backed by "American Psycho" author Brett Easton Ellis. "It gives you the chance through song, to go in deep and examine a character or a psychology and I think that is something only a musical version of "American Psycho" could do," says Aguirre-Sacasa.

The Kickstarter has raised just under $14,000 since its launch on Monday. Depending on how much is contributed, backers could receive goodies ranging from a "Patrick Bateman" USB business card preloaded with one of Sheik's show tunes to having their name written into the show's lyrics.

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