Bret Easton Ellis may write “Fifty Shades of Grey” screenplay: Wants Ryan Gosling as Christian, Kristen Stewart as Ana
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“Some juicy bits from our sleuths over atGatecrasher, who report on E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the so-called book that has whipped the reading public into submission.
First, we may have both a director and screenwriter for the film version, to which Focus Features bought the rights earlier this year. Gatecrasher reports that “Angelina Jolie has reportedly expressed a desire to direct, while ‘American Psycho' author Bret Easton Ellis began lobbying to write the screenplay via a series of tweets on Saturday.”
Those tweets include Ellis calling protagonist Christian Grey “a writer’s dream” and assuring James, “I’m [not] being a prankster.” Later, a representative for Ellis confirmed that the novelist, whose works more artfully mine much of the same sexual terrain James revels in, is “really determined and excited about the prospect of making this happen.” (Above: NYDN file photo)
In fact, Ellis was so excited that he started tweeting his casting ideas: Ryan Gosling, Alexander Skarsgard or Alex Pettyfer as Christian Grey and either Scarlett Johansson or Kristen Stewart as Ana Steele. These tweets were later deleted, with Gatecrasher suggesting this was done not to anger James, who reportedly wants “input in everything” when it comes to making a movie from her book.
And in other “Fifty Shades” news, Gatecrasher reports James “is considering rewriting the best-selling trilogy…from the perspective of the novels’ riding-crop-wielding billionaire, Christian Grey.”
The original books are told from Ana’s perspective. Don’t try to pretend you don’t know that.”