Fox Searchlight Adapting Bret Easton Ellis' Imperial Bedrooms?
Although he's a prolific writer who has had great success in movies before, Bret Easton Ellis hasn't been doing great in Hollywood recently. The last film based on one of his books was The Informers and everyone, I mean everyone, hated that film. Then again, maybe it's just a matter of understanding the material. Well, Anne Thompson of indieWIRE reports that Ellis himself said at a recent appearance that his seventh novel Imperial Bedrooms might be in the works at Fox Searchlight (they say "Ellis speculated," so I don't know if they've fully signed yet). An adaptation of Ellis' Lunar Park is in the works as well, but without a director.
Here's a quick and simple synopsis for Bret Easton Ellis' Imperial Bedrooms courtesy of Publishers Weekly:
Clay, now a screenwriter, returns at Christmas to an L.A. that looks and operates much as it did 25 years ago. Trent is now a producer and married to Clay's ex, Blair, while Julian runs an escort service and Rip, Clay's old dealer, has had so much plastic surgery he's unrecognizable. While casting a script he's written, Clay falls for a young, untalented actress named Rain Turner, and his obsession and affair with her powers him through an alcoholic haze that swirls with images of death, mysterious text messages, and cars lurking outside his apartment.
I'm not really a Bret Easton Ellis fan, but I loved Rules of Attraction and American Psycho, and this sounds like it could be very interesting. During his talk, Ellis expressed concern over the way his adaptations have turned out recently. "Once you hand a screenplay to the director, he said, it turns into something else and there's nothing you can do about it. Directors are concerned with their problems, not the problems in his books, Ellis said." As long as Searchlight finds a talented director who understands the material and Ellis' "problems" in the book, I'm sure Imperial Bedrooms could turn out pretty good. Anyone read his book?