Bret Easton Ellis Will NOT Be Fifty Shades of Grey Screenwriter

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Bret Easton Ellis will not be adapting Fifty Shades of Grey for the big screen, despite the considerable, earlier talk of the screenwriter's involvement.

Ellis made it no secret at all that he wanted to write the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, even speculating on who should portray Ana and Christian.

Ian Somerhalder was even lobbying him for the part of the latter, but now it looks like Ellis will be watching from the sidelines with the rest of us.

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"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," Ellis tweeted.

"Thanks to the fans for the months of intense support. Your awesome enthusiasm and great suggestions were instructive and meaningful to me."

It's unclear why Ellis is out of the running or how he knows this, but it's rumored that Universal and Focus have their eyes on four different writers:

  1. Karen Croner (One True Thing)
  2. Dan Fogelman (Cars, Tangled)
  3. Veena Sud (TV's The Killing)
  4. Kelly Marcel (TV's Terra Nova)

Again, no idea why those four are the reported finalists, but that's the inside information at the moment as the Fifty Shades rumor mill turns.

In other news, EL James compiled Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album, and Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis recently read from the book.


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I think Somerhalder should be Grey and shailene woodley should play Ana. :)


Firs of all, I don't recall Ian ever lobbying for anyone. He has expressed interest in the role of Christian Grey when asked. I don't think that's lobbying. While I may not necessarily agree with the way Mr. Ellis expressed things, I agree and get the point he was trying to make. It's a shame others don't get it or don't want to. And not sharing an opinion doesn't make someone homophobic. This isn't your average role. Matt Bomer is not a good fit for many reasons...


That is pure bs and politically correct Hollywood nonsense! he said he and the producers were on the same page then suddenly he tweets that he can't see Matt Bomer as Christian Grey because he's gay and he's removed from the list. he only said what many of us are thinking anyway and he's gay himself so you cant call him a homophobe.Let's be real and honest.Truth is the actor who plays Christian G will be seen as the real CG. This has quickly become one of the most loved book characters ever and women don't want their fantasy ruined knowing they have no chance in hell of ever being with or even flirting with Christian Grey. Not to mention, you go to the movies to experience a different reality, to dream and fantasize and look at desirable men on a big screen. Gay Christian Grey would just ruin it. Nothing against gay people,just the reality.