Bret Easton Ellis criticises ‘Fifty Shades…’ author EL James for film writer choice

'American Psycho' author lost out on the job to British screenwriter Kelly Marcel

Bret Easton Ellis has criticised EL James’s choice of writer for the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.

EL James sold the screen rights to her erotic novel back in March (2012), but the movie’s producers Michael DeLuca and Dana Brunetti have taken time hiring a screenwriter. Ellis, the controversial author of American Psycho, put himself forward for the job early, but revealed in August that he had been scrubbed from the shortlist.

Yesterday (October 8), the producers officially hired British screenwriter Kelly Marcel. Marcel is best known as the creator of sci-fi series Terra Nova, but has also written Saving Mr Banks, an upcoming film based on Walt Disney’s 20-year battle to adapt Mary Poppins for the big screen.

After hearing that Marcel had landed the job, Ellis took to Twitter to express his disappointment. He posted:

In his next tweet, Ellis mocked Marcel’s CV and criticised James for hiring her, writing: “Kelly Marcel: the creator of (gulp) “Terra Nova” and a Mary Poppins bio-pic has been blessed by EL James and no one can stop her. Dear God.”

Although he lost out on the Fifty Shades… job, Ellis has recently made his screenwriting debut with a Lindsay Lohan thriller called The Canyons. The film’s teaser trailer was unveiled yesterday and you can watch it here.

Meanwhile, the Fifty Shades… movie continues to look for a director and cast members. EL James recently revealed that she has “seven actors in mind” to play lead characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.