Gaspar Noe‘s third feature, Into the Void, was one of the more divisive films of the past couple years, and easily one of my favorites. I’ve admired his peculiar and confrontational approach to storytelling, and the superb technical craft that underlies his narrative bravado. But those very qualities I admire, and the working methods they imply, make him the sort of director that isn’t likely to take many work for hire gigs. Cue a bit of surprise, then, at the report that the director is being wooed to take the helm of The Golden Suicides, scripted by Bret Easton Ellis based on the true story of a  superstar art world couple who perished in a bizarre double suicide. Read More »

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Whether or not you’ve read American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction or Less Than Zero, the name Bret Easton Ellis conjures up a pretty specific set of themes: some combination of twisted social commentary, biting humor and gratuitous violence. And though Ellis has adapted one of own his books to a screenplay, he’s just written his first adaptation of a book that’s not his. That book is Michael Hornburg’s novel Downers Grove which is about a suburban high school where one senior dies a horrible death at the end of each year. Nelson McCormick, best known for the recent remakes of Prom Night and The Stepfather, is attached to direct and it’s set to star Hayden Panettiere (Heroes, Scre4m) and Nikki Reed (Thirteen, Twilight) in addition to Rebecca De Mornay. The whole package is currently being shopped at the America Film Market.  Read more after the jump. Read More »

One of the more promising films on the horizon — rather far on the horizon, unfortunately — is The Golden Suicides, scripted by Bret Easton Ellis. The story of an art world superstar couple who perished in a double suicide originally came up as a co-authored project between Ellis and Gus Van Sant. Now we know that Van Sant is producing, not writing, but Ellis still hopes he’ll be convinced to direct. Read More »

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Bret Easton Ellis has a long history with Hollywood. Over twenty years ago he was less than impressed with the film version of his novel Less Than Zero, though thirteen years later Mary Harron would adapt his American Psycho into a film that quickly attained cult classic status and The Rules of Attraction generally stayed true to his intentions. Last year’s The Informers swung the pendulum back towards crap, but there is reason to hope for some of his upcoming projects.

Ellis has a couple of movies in the pipeline, and now his upcoming novel Imperial Bedrooms may become a film as well. Read More »

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Earlier this week it was reported that Angelina Jolie had dropped out of Wanted 2, effectively killing that film (no great loss) and that she would instead star in Alfonso Cuarón‘s upcoming ‘space thriller’ Gravity. Cuarón doing a space thriller? Fantastic. Doing it with Jolie’s financial pull? Potentially incredible.

But now it seems the report on Gravity may have been premature, and that Jolie isn’t doing the film after all. Another minor report, meanwhile, suggests she could be part of the Bret Easton Ellis-scripted The Golden Suicides. Read More »

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It says a lot about the performance of Christian Bale as the murderous banker Patrick Bateman that, when most people hear the title American Psycho, they immediately think of Mary Harron‘s 2000 movie rather than the original novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Can any cohort of singing and dancing performers hope to upstage Bale’s Bateman, or even stand up to it? Let’s hope so, as American Psycho is being adapted as a stage musical. Read More »

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American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has a couple of projects in the works. One is his co-writing deal with Gus Van Sant, where the pair will chronicle the lives and odd, tragic suicides of artist/filmmaker couple Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake.

The other project is another writing gig that we haven’t known much about. But many things become clear during the American Film Market, where indie pics are shopped for financing and distribution. The latest Ellis script is a revenge tale that takes place among a group of rich kids when they get involved with a working class kid in a beach resort town. The film is called Bait, and the main character seeks to use an unusual and possibly entertaining method of gaining his revenge: he wants to feed the rich kids to sharks. Read More »

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Su-su-Suri. In a new interview with Black Book, director Mary Harron dryly shares the revelation that Christian Bale‘s inspiration for his pretty-damn-legendary performance in her American Psycho was none other than Tom Cruise. What’s more, there is previous online precedent to connect Cruise’s go-getter, ’80s attitude and famous physical regimen with Patrick Bateman‘s yuppie, psychopathic shell. After the jump, we have Harron’s very candid remark, as well as the actor who so embodies this strange, pop culture duality…

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How’s this for a pairing: Gus Van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis are teaming to write a screenplay based on Vanity Fair‘s 2008 article The Golden Suicides. Ellis had previously been announced as the screenwriter for the Lionsgate project, but the addition of Van Sant makes the thing even more interesting. The article looks into the dual suicides of ‘golden couple’ Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake, who each committed suicide in 2007, and may have done so after developing delusions of persecution and conspiracy. Read More »