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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“Every teenage boy’s wildest fantasy becomes his worst nightmare in this provocative erotic thriller debut novel from one of Hollywood’s masters of suspense. SST Publications announced today the worldwide publication in trade hardcover, trade paperback and eBook of famed motion picture screenwriter and director Eric Red’s first novel, the dark coming-of-age story about teenagers, Don’t Stand So Close. The official release date is July 1st 2012.
Publisher Paul Fry says: “From the very first time I read Don’t Stand So Close I was hooked. It’s excellently written, erotic, exciting and compelling. The book draws you in and doesn’t let you go until the very end. Eric Red’s writing is very descriptive and atmospheric, and once the book has you in its grip, it’s very hard to let go.”
Plot Summary: When handsome 17-year-old Matt Poe moves to a rural town in Iowa, he is the new kid in school. An outsider who can’t fit in, his only friend is his beautiful and sympathetic teacher, Linda Hayden. The older woman is the first to take an interest in him, helping him adjust to the community and keep his grades up. Matt can’t help falling hard for Linda and what begins with a kiss becomes a torrid, secret affair. But his teacher is a lot more than he bargained for and the kid’s wildest dream becomes his worst nightmare. The only people who can save Matt are his two classmates, Grace McCormack and Rusty Shaw. But the three of them are in way over their heads against an evil adult trying to make sure they stay after class permanently.
About The Author: Eric Red is a Los Angeles based motion picture screenwriter and director whose films include The Hitcher, Near Dark, Cohen and Tate, Body Parts, Bad Moon and 100 Feet. He has had short fiction published in Weird Tales, Shroud, and Dark Delicacies III: Haunted. He was also the creator & writer of the graphic novel Containment for IDW Publishing. Don’t Stand So Close is his first novel.”
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“The back-to-back blockbuster successes of “Harry Potter,”“Twilight” and now “The Hunger Games” have turned the hunt for fresh young-adult fiction white-hot in Hollywood, as studios try to turn what used to be a phenomenon into what might be a formula.
Frenzied auctions are underway for books that haven’t even been published. Studios are paying as much as $1 million for the rights to adapt titles that are relatively modest sellers, particularly those featuring science-fiction, fantasy and dystopian themes.
“Every single studio wants to capitalize on a young-adult franchise,” said Josie Freedman, co-head of the book-to-films department at talent agency International Creative Management. “It’s what’s selling on the publishing side and on the film side.”
In a business plagued by unpredictability but desperate to find the shortest route to a new brand-name franchise, young-adult novels have become the golden ticket. They often come with a built-in fan base that can help create the early buzz that transforms a movie opening into an event. The best of the books feature universally relatable themes of alienation, love and heroism, and cinematic story lines that translate easily to the big screen.
“Young-adult literature is a genre that takes place at a specific time in your life when everything seems to be high stakes,” said Erik Feig, president of production at Lionsgate, the studio behind “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight.” “If you set stories in different worlds with unique protagonists and an element of wish fulfillment, I don’t think people will ever be tired of it.”
Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of books about teenagers forced to fight to the death in an oppressive future society has become a new standard. That’s because unlike “Twilight,” which was a hit principally with girls and young women, “The Hunger Games” has attracted men too….”