14:39 13 August 2012
The shortlist of screenwriters that are being considered for the film adaptation of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' just got shorter as 'Less Than Zero' author Bret Easton Ellis was crossed off it.
The infamous 'American Psycho' novelist will therefore not be writing the script for the film version of the phenomenal novel. Reports say that Universal is down to four other writers, including Dan Fogelman, Veena Sud, Karen Croner, and Kelly Marcel.
Fogelman is best known for his work with Disney/Pixar in the sequel 'Cars 2', while Sud adapted the Danish crime series 'The Killing' for the US remake, on the other hand, is working on various film projects including 'Girl Soldier' and 'Admission' while Marcel has just worked on the forthcoming biographical drama 'Saving Mr. Banks', which will star Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.
Bret Easton Ellis, known for his work in 'Less Than Zero', has posted a message on Twitter after hearing of his rejection: “It’s a very major disappointment to announce that I’ve somehow been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for Fifty Shades of Grey.”
He also thanked fans for ‘months of intense support’. “Your awesome enthusiasm and great suggestions were instructive and meaningful to me.”
Easton Ellis also sent a direct tweet to 'Fifty Shades of Grey' author E. L. James, but he has since deleted said message. The tweet read: “I hope you find someone as passionate as I was about 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.”
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