'American Psycho' author announces that he is off the shortlist to script the film

Bret Easton Ellis has revealed that he is out of the running to write the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.

The screen rights to the erotic novel – penned by elusive British author EL James – have been acquired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The film adaptation is being produced by Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who previously worked together on The Social Network. However, the project still has no screenwriter, director or confirmed stars.

Ellis, best known for his own controversial novels American Psycho and Less Than Zero, had expressed a keen interest in writing the script. Last month (July) he revealed that he had attended “a very positive meeting” with the movie’s producers. “We’re all on the same page,” he tweeted at the time.

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…

— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) August 7, 2012
Two minutes later, he sent the following tweet to EL James’s account on the social networking site: “I hope you find someone as passionate as I was about “Fifty Shades of Grey.” I will miss it. Moving on. Laters, baby…”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are now four screenwriters in contention to script Fifty Shades Of Grey: Karen Croner (One True Thing), Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova) and Veena Sud (The Killing). It is not known when the producers will make their final decision.

Bret Easton Ellis is best known as a novelist, but his first screenplay is being made into a movie starring Lindsay Lohan. The Canyons began shooting last month (July) and will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next year (2013).