The 50 Shades of Grey movie is the hottest topic in Hollywood, and while everyone is fixated on the casting of handsome billionaire Christian Grey and his submissive object of affection Anastasia Steele, Universal Pictures and Focus Features are more interested in finding a screenwriter and a director to bring our protagonists to life.
One candidate for the role of penning the 50 Shades of Grey novels onto the big screen was American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, however news has it that Ellis has been left off the current shortlist for potential screenwriters for the 50 Shades movie.
At the moment, the current writers who are in the running, according to the Hollywood Reporter, are Dan Fogelman, who is best known for writing Disney Pixar’s sequel Cars 2, Veena Sud, who adapted Danish crime series The Crime to the US screen, Karen Croner, whose current projects include Admission and Girl Soldier, and Kelly Marcel, who has written Mr. Banks a drama with Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.
While the above candidates may seem like an unconventional choice from Universal Studios and Focus Features, it appears the 50 Shades of Grey movies are going in a direction that focuses on unknowns. Ellis on the other hand is disappointed from being dropped off the list.
“It’s a major disappointment to announce that I’ve been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for Fifty Shades of Grey,” says Bret Easton Ellis on his Twitter stream, “Thanks to the fans for the months of intense support. Your awesome enthusiasm and great suggestions were instructive and meaningful to me.”
While it’s understandable that Ellis was upset over the rejection for his role in the 50 Shades of Grey franchise, in a moment of impulse he directed his disappointment to the book’s author E.L. James in a tweet he soon deleted: “I hope you find someone as passionate as I was about Fifty Shades of Grey. I will miss it. Moving on. Laters, baby…”
Easton Ellis has also had his own specific ideas for casting, since he compares the character of Christian Grey to his own American Psycho, Patrick Bateman. His suggestions for the kinky, S&M loving billionaire have included Christian Bale, who played Patrick Bateman in the movie adaptation of American Psycho, Tom Hardy and fan favorite Ryan Gosling.
But the controversy doesn’t end there. The author was accused of homophobia after his comments on the suitability of homosexual actor, Matt Bomer, for the part of Christian Grey. “Ok I’ll say it,” he commented, “Matt Bomer isn’t right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He’s great for other roles, but this is too big a game.”