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Jonas Pate to tackle Bret Easton Ellis’ BAIT

Tim Sweeney

by: Tim Sweeney
December 17th, 2010

I was at a Chuck Palahniuk lecture a few years ago when the author remarked that he can write whatever he wants without consequence because the censors are so busy going after movies and video games that they don't care about books. He added that the last book to be swarmed in any real controversy was Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho.

It was as though Ellis heard Palahniuk's remarks and was ready to push it to the next level. A new Ellis screenplay, titled BAIT, has been given the green light and Jonas Pate has been announced as the director.

BAIT, which is being developed by Picture Machine and Galavis Films, centers on a woman who holds a group of Americans hostage in shark-infested waters. Producers are looking to shoot the film in Spain in the spring. Lionsgate will have first crack at the domestic rights. while Mandate International is handling the foreign work.

Pate directed the 2009 Kevin Spacey film, SHRINK, as well as THE GRAVE in 1996 and DECEIVER in 1997. Outside of those films, the bulk of his work has been in television, where he has directed episodes of Friday Night Lights and Battlestar Galactica.

Ellis has had a number of novels turned into films, most notably AMERICAN PSYCHO and LESS THAN ZERO. He wrote his first screenplay, an adaptation of his novel THE INFORMERS, in 2008 and he currently has an original screenplay, DOWNERS GROVE, in development.

When it comes to a project with Ellis' name attached to it, one can only hope that it will be as over the top as his past work. No one really digs into Ellis' work hoping for long bouts of silence in pastoral settings. Sex, drugs, and violence are what viewers have come to expect from him and, if you're a fan of the escapism, here's hoping Ellis and Pate up the ante with BAIT.

Source Picture Machine

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