Thursday, October 15, 2009

NEWS: Gus Van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis To Pen True Tale, The Golden Suicides...


On an evening where we also got wind of news that Ridley Scott would be remaking the Channel 4 produced, UK based trilogy, Red Riding, we also got wind of a much more interesting and compelling project.

Variety is reporting that Gus Van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis are set to team up and pen the script for a film based on an article written in Vanity Fair called, The Golden Suicides. The article tells the story of the double suicide of artists Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake. A completely fascinating and compelling read, the story discusses many things, and reasons why the did what they did, which includes the idea that they thought the government and Scientologists were out to get them.

Here's how Geek Tyrant put their story:

Duncan and Blake formed a popular couple on the downtown New York and Venice, Calif., art scenes. She was one of the first videogame designers for girls, and his “digital paintings” — kaleidoscopic images shown on plasma screens — established him as a rising star on the circuit.

The couple descended into a paranoid spiral when the artists developed a consuming belief that government and Scientologists were conspiring against them. She killed herself in 2007. Blake found her body on the floor of their bedroom, and walked into the Atlantic Ocean a week later, ending his life.


Currently, Van Sant is simply attatched as a writer, with no plans to direct, but hopefully he will indeed decide to get into the director's chair, because if anyone knows anything about the famous director, this seems to be right up his alley. Actually, this would fit perfectly alongside films like Gerry, and particularly Last Days, which is a really underrated, neo-biopic, in the vein of say, I'm Not There, where it IS about Kurt Cobain, but not directly, like INT is about Bob Dylan, but not directly. This seems like a completely perfect fit for the film maker, who is a personal favorite of yours truly.

Go see something good!

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