Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Bret Easton Ellis‘s last film, The Canyons, didn’t get much in the way of critical acclaim, but it nevertheless received a lot of attention for a splashy cast that included Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. Now, for his next project, he’s joining forces with another tabloid-friendly celebrity: Kanye West.
According to Ellis, it was West who approached him about the project, and West’s new album Yeezus that inspired Ellis to accept. Hit the jump to read his comments.
Ellis revealed his new project while chatting with Vice.
[Kayne] came and asked me to write the film. I didn’t want to at first. Then I listened to Yeezus. It was early summer last year and I was driving in my car. He’d given me an advance copy, and I thought, regardless of whether I’m right for this project, I want to work with whoever made this. So fuck it, I said yes. And that’s how it happened. That was seven or eight months ago. We’ll see what happens.
However, he was unable to offer any details. “It’s in Kanye Land, and that’s subject to a whole other time frame,” he said by way of explanation. In an earlier interview, Ellis called the script “the most bizarre thing I’ve ever written, adding that he’d “said no two, three or four times” before West “completely persuaded” him.
While both men have their share of admirers and detractors, they seem to be big fans of each other. To promote Yeezus, West released a parody of Ellis’s American Psycho starring Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Scott Disick, and West later contributed music for a remixed trailer of Ellis’s The Canyons. West has also appeared on Ellis’s podcast.