Screen Daily reports Myriad Pictures and RKO Pictures’ genre division The Roseblood Movie Company are co-financing and producing a film based on an original screenplay by Bret Easton Ellis.
The film is currently untitled, but Brad Furman (The Take) is directing with shooting set to begin in late summer. The script tells the story of an awkward social outcast who, after being humiliated by a group of peers, takes revenge by taking them hostage. Sounds to me a lot like Stephen King’s novella “Rage” if you ask me.
For those that don’t know, Bret Easton Ellis’ novels have served as the inspiration for such films as 1987’s Less Than Zero, the Christian Bale starrer American Psycho and Roger Avary’s The Rules of Attraction. However, his most recent adaptation didn’t exactly sit well with critics, so much so I skipped the screening based on the consistent barrage of hatred thrown in the film’s direction. I do, however, hope to catch it one day on DVD and see if it is really as bad as they say or if there may be something to take out of it.
In relation to this new film, Myriad president and CEO Kirk D’Amico told Screen Daily, “We really support Brad’s vision of the film, and Bret has written a smart, funny and terrifying script.”
RKO chairman and CEO Ted Hartley describes the film as “joyously scary film, typical of the best of the genre.”