You may recall an early August story in which Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader and American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis planned to collaborate on a shark thriller, Bait. We’ve heard and seen hide nor hair about it in the almost six months since, but those who wanted the two to team-up need not worry.
Ellis, as per usual, took to his Twitter account, using it as a tool to discuss one of his several upcoming film projects — this one to be directed by (you guessed already) Paul Schrader. ONTD (via ThePlaylist) directed us to all the spilling on his part; this time around, Ellis is crafting an “LA noir micro budget” film, one which he has an unusual choice in mind to lead: porn star James Deen. I had (honestly) never heard of the guy until this story came up — but, sure enough, he is in that line of work. (Just take my word for it.) Which might make him a good fit for the character — either named Christian or Ryan — who has to “act and be full-frontal naked banging girls and guys realistically.” If the shoe fits. (This whole thing might have emerged from a conversation with his trainer, by the way.)
Though past articles have seen me voice a distaste for Ellis‘ faux nihilism and pose-filled novels, some part of me — for one reason or another — has a strong curiosity about where a career in screenplays could take him; Paul Schrader, meanwhile, is what drives home interest in the project. Now, casting a porn star might be a risky move — it worked in The Girlfriend Experience, though that was a very unique film in and of itself — but, ultimately, if the guy who wrote Raging Bull wants to make another movie, I say we let him. And as someone who loves an L.A.-set noir story like jazz soundtracks and smoke-filled alleyways, my defenses have to go down pretty quick.
Is an Ellis/Schrader collaboration still something you’d want to see?
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