Bret Easton Ellis out of the running for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' screenplay gig

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Bret Easton Ellis hasn’t been quiet about his desire to pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of the guilty pleasure novel Fifty Shades of Grey, but now he’s announced that his racy writing dreams will not come true this time around.

Ellis, who authored 1991 novel American Psycho and launched into filmmaking when he wrote the screenplay adapted from his own book The Informers, announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday.

“It’s a very major disappointment to announce that I’ve somehow been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for Fifty Shades of Grey,” he wrote, then continued, “Thanks to the fans for the months of intense support. Your awesome enthusiasm and great suggestions were instructive and meaningful to me.”

Throughout the summer, Ellis frequently tweeted his followers ideas for the film adaptation, including casting ideas (Alexander Skarsgård as Christian) and his vote for director (David Cronenberg).

No word yet from Universal and Focus Features on who will take on any of these roles, though The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are signed on to produce.

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