Fox Searchlight Adapting Bret Easton Ellis' Imperial Bedrooms?

April 26, 2010
Source: indieWIRE

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?

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I have not read it. Yet. I'll try.

Daniel Felts on Apr 26, 2010


Doesn't come out til June. I'm in the middle of Lunar Park though and I love it so far. May not be his best story but it's really well written.

George Dunn on Apr 26, 2010


I loved Imperial Bedrooms. Very dark. If they use the same cast as the terrible "Less Than Zero" adaptation Fox did in the 80s, the sequel will suck as well. They need to make "Imperial Bedrooms" as a stand alone film, or, remake "Less Than Zero" and follow up with "Imperial Bedrooms" right after, like a two part story, since that is essentially what it is. It would make for an interesting film if done right, and the same goes for "Lunar Park", the novel is crazy, but packs a fantastic emotional punch. I would love to see faithful and serious and untampered with adaptations of Less Than Zero, Imperial Bedrooms and Lunar Park to match the faithfulness of "The Rules of Attraction" and "American Psycho" movies. I, in fact, enjoyed "The Informers" movie because of how true it stayed to the tone of Ellis' writing. Ellis' novel Glamorama on the other hand will never make it to the screen. Anyone who has read that book will know why.

Steven Carrier on Aug 19, 2010

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