This may sound like a joke, but it’s not. Author Bret Easton Ellis made sure to specifically mention that on Twitter over the weekend:
Thank god, because who better to adapt a story about a kinky psycho than the guy who wrote the iconic American Psycho! This is the most fantastic turn that the Fifty Shades of Grey
Ellis wrote the controversial novel that was eventually made into the famous film starring Christian Bale, and it looks like he’s spotting some similarities between Patrick Bateman and Christian Grey. In any case, he seems genuinely intrigued with the whips and chains-loving billionaire in E.L. James’ steamy novels.
Speaking of James, Ellis is out to get her blessing if these Tweets are any indication:
Even more interesting, he’s already got the director and cast picked out, even though he admits that the decision wouldn’t exactly be his to make. But just in case anyone asks, here are his picks:
Ellis later erased the casting wish list from his stream, apparently, but according to Digital Spy, this was the continuation:
Cronenberg and Alexander Skarsgrd is a no-brainer. I’ve seen Alexander naked so many times at the gym that we both attend: perfect casting.
For Fifty Shades of Grey: David Cronenberg, Alexander Skarsgrd, Bret Easton Ellis and who as… Anastasia???
I would love it if we lived in a world where Lena Dunham could be Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey but I don’t think we do. I think she’s hot.
Tonight’s epic fight on Girls between Allison Williams/Lena Dunham convinced me that either one of them could play Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Thinking more conventionally for Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey: Scarlett Johansson or Kristen Stewart. Alex Pettyfer as Christian: too young?
Aaron Johnson as Christian Grey? In a perfect world it would be Ryan Gosling as Christian Grey…
He sounds a bit out of it by the end of the brainstorming session. I mean, make up your mind! If Eric from True Blood looks so great naked, why is Gosling the perfect Christian Grey?
More importantly, why did Ellis erase all those Tweets from his stream? Could it be good news: Universal took note and may be interested in his offer? Or did the overzealous writer get a slap on the wrist and a dose of Valium from the studio to calm the fuck down?
Either way, why would he just erase the casting speculation? Weird.
Ellis will surely take to Twitter again soon to announce the outcome of his efforts to woo the studio. One thing’s for sure: if he gets the gig, we’re potentially looking at a whole different kind of Fifty Shades movie, one that could delve deeper than the porny surface and say something meaningful about controlling tendencies and impressionable young women.