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.”
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Now producer Braxton Pope has launched a Kickstarter account for the film “The Canyons.” Here’s the pitch: “The Canyons documents five twenty-something’s quest for power, love, sex and success in 2012 Hollywood.” Ellis wrote the script with Deen in mind, which doesn’t seem so farfetched since the porn star who has been getting more attention in the mainstream ever since he was profiled in GOOD magazine and then for the pearl-clutching set on “Nightline.” The filmmakers want to cast leads who will have real—not simulated—sex on-screen.
One of the most interesting parts of the Kickstarter campaign is that it appeals to fans who would like to rub shoulders with the people behind the film or get notes on their own creative projects. Here are a couple of the more entertaining deals for contributing to the film, which is already halfway to its goal of $100,000.
TWEET YOUR SHORT FILM! Bret Easton Ellis and Braxton Pope will watch your short film, tweet their honest thoughts AND the link to their combined 390,000 followers/fans! (Facebook too) — Special Thanks in the closing credits — Plus everything from “The Canyons” script package and above!
PRODUCER’S COFFEE: We’re not gonna call it a pitch meeting, but…Braxton Pope will meet you in LA and bring you an exclusive autographed script with a 1 of 1 cover created from an on set photograph nobody else in the world will have. — Special Thanks in the closing credits — You and a guest get to attend the cast and crew wrap party! (transportation and lodging not provided) — Plus everything else in “The Canyons” script package.
For $1,500 (but this one is almost maxed out so act now!):
LIVE TWEET YOUR FEATURE FILM: Festival or TV premiere? — Bret Easton Ellis and Braxton Pope will Livetweet (approx 20 tweets) their honest thoughts on your film at the time of your choosing to their 390,000 followers/fans, hopefully helping you trend worldwide! They will also post about your film on their Facebook pages. — And everything in “The Canyons” script package. — Special Thanks in the closing credits
Bret Easton Ellis will read and review your novel and have that review appear on an international blog or website. (TBD) — Associate Producer credit on the film — You will also receive an autographed hardcover of every novel in Bret’s canon. — Two tickets to Wrap party — Handwritten thank you letter and on set photo from Bret and Paul, along with a shout out in the Making of the Canyons video.
Have your script covered by Paul Schrader: — Notes to be delivered in person (NY or LA) or skype — Associate Producer credit on the film — You will also receive 5 autographed copies of any script Paul has written plus everything in “The Canyons” script package. — Handwritten thank you letter and on set photo from Bret and Paul, along with a shout out in the Making of the Canyons video. — Two tickets to Wrap party