Plenty of high-profile actors and filmmakers have devoted time to deflecting Fifty Shades of Grey movie rumors in recent months, but one industry figure who’s made no secret of his burning desire to bring the S&M novel to life is Bret Easton Ellis. The American Psycho author has been pushing hard for the screenwriting job over the past couple of months, calling lead character Christian Grey “a writer’s dream” and floating casting ideas via Twitter.

Alas, it seems this particular dream is out of reach for Ellis. A shortlist of possible scribes for the Universal and Focus Features adaptation has just been revealed, and Ellis’ name is nowhere to be seen. What’s more surprising may be the writers that are. Producers are reportedly eyeing writers behind Cars 2, The Killing, and Saving Mr. Banks. More details after the jump.

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We’re still waiting to find out what comes of Bret Easton Elliscampaign to adapt E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, but in the meantime another of his projects is coming together with some attention-grabbing casting. Lindsay Lohan has just joined porn star James Deen in The Canyons, a sexual thriller that Taxi Driver writer Paul Schrader  is directing from Ellis’ script.

Between this and her role in Lifetime’s Liz & Dick, it appears that the former Mean Girls star really and truly is getting back to work. Provided she can stay out of jail, anyway. More about The Canyons after the jump.

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Angelina Jolie‘s people may be denying that the actress-turned-filmmaker has been in talks to direct the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey, but there’s one Hollywood figure who’s being totally upfront with his interest in getting involved. Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho and The Rules of Attraction, has announced via Twitter that he is interested in writing the adaptation for the screen. And he already has a few ideas about who he’d like to see in the director’s chair and in front of the camera. More details after the jump.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits, it is once again hip to be square. As well as to be mutated, undead, and/or cyborgian. After the jump:

  • Yes, Jennifer Lawrence wants to do X-Men: First Class 2
  • Bret Easton Ellis says Patrick Bateman would want to get it on with Chris Brown and Rihanna
  • [REC]3: Genesis gets a creepy new trailer
  • Producer Victor Kubicek talks Terminator Salvation, wishes the Terminator 5 folks good luck

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As the Paul Schrader-directed, Bret Easton Ellis-penned “L.A. noir micro budget” film approaches its summer start date, fresh details have been revealed about the story, cast of characters, and release plan. Titled The Canyons, the “psycho-sexual thriller” will center around a circle of young and glamorous but deeply messed-up Angelenos. In other words, exactly what you’d expect from a noir film written by Ellis. More info after the jump.

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Normally, if a Hollywood screenwriter named a porn star as his top choice to lead a mainstream film, it would come as a bit of a surprise, but when the scribe in question is Bret Easton Ellis, it just makes so much sense. The controversial writer has tweeted that he’s currently working on a “L.A. noir microbudget” movie for director Paul Schrader, and that he hopes adult film sensation James Deen will topline the cast. More details after the jump.

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We’ve heard rumblings and now the threat is real: Lionsgate is developing a new film based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho. The studio has just hired Noble Jones to write the script. Jones seems at first like an unknown quantity, as his few IMDB credits include second-unit director on part of The Social Network, and shooting and directing the doc 10 Days Out: Blues From the Backroads. But he’s also got credits as a commercial and music video director, so it’s not like he came out of nowhere.

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The association between author Bret Easton Ellis and screenwriter/director Roger Avary goes back a decade. Avary directed a film version of the Ellis novel The Rules of Attraction, released in 2002, and used footage shot for that film to create another movie, Glitterati, which is tangentially related to The Rules of Attraction.

Glitterati has never officially been released, and probably never will, which I’ll get into in a minute. But that film was intended as connective tissue between The Rules of Attraction and the adaptation of another Ellis novel, Glamorama, which Avary has planned to write and direct for many years. Now Bret Easton Ellis says the Glamorama script is done and will be directed by Avary next year. Read More »

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