Bret Easton Ellis to adapt Downers Grove

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has signed to pen an adaptation of Michael Hornburg’s novel Downers Grove. The novel is about Chrissie Swanson, a "paranoid high school senior for whom graduating has become a matter of life or death": according to Booklist‘s description, their high school is believed to be cursed: "each year before graduation, somebody in the senior class dies in a bizarre way." And when Chrissie beats up a jock who tries to rape her, he and his friends’ increasingly psychotic revenge tactics convince her she’s the curse’s next victim.

Violence-laden upper class surburban dark fantasy ensues, mixed with snarky faux teenage girl dialogue.… It’s like American Psycho meets Juno. Signing Ellis was a no-brainer.

Ellis has previously adapted Adam Davies’ The Frog King, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Brick) and directed by Darren Star (Sex and the City), which centers around a publishing industry wage slave who, you know, rises to the top or something — like The Devil Reads Bridget Jones’ Diary or something.

A film adaptation of one of Ellis’s own novels, The Informers, has just wrapped. That film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, and Brandon Routh, in one of his first post-Superman Returns roles. (Routh has two other films currently in post-production — Lie to Me and Life is Hot in Crackdown — so after not seeing him for some time, we’re likely to be getting a whole lot of him in the next year or so. He’s also starring as Dylan Dog, the Italian horror comic, in the upcoming Dead of Night.)

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 22:33 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by MC
    on 2008-02-23 at 12:13

    After reading the synopsis of the book, it makes me wonder when someone is going to tackle Douglas Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma.

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