Gus Van Sant will join novelist and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis in writing a film for Lionsgate about the double suicides of New York artists Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan.
The script will be based on a January 2008 Vanity Fair article entitled “The Golden Suicides,” which chronicled the bizarre events leading up to the deaths. In the summer of 2007, video game designer/filmmaker Duncan and artist Blake became increasingly paranoid, believing that they were being targeted by various political and religious groups, including the Scientologists. Duncan committed suicide in her New York bedroom that July, and a desolate Blake drowned himself in the Atlantic Ocean one week later.
As of right now, the Oscar-nominated director Van Sant is only slated as a co-writer with Easton Ellis, who penned the novel for American Psycho (2000) and Less Than Zero (1987), and the script for this year’s The Informers. Van Sant wrote and directed films like Elephant (2003), Last Days (2005) and Paranoid Park (2007).