Sometimes you’ll hear about someone in this industry we call The Industry taking a less than personal or creative job so they can do other – and presumably better – things. Roger Avary is doing that quite literally. It seems that the money he has made from writing the script for Bob Zemeckis’ high tech rotoscope movie Beowulf has been plunged into buying the rights for Bret Easton Ellis’ Glamorama – for life!
Daniel Robert Epstein, the official sidekick for the Suicide Girls, talked to Ellis on the publication of his new book, which I can’t be bothered to look up at the moment. There’s an Amazon link on this page – use it!
DRE: Is Roger Avary still doing the Glamorama movie?
ELLIS: He has the rights now for the rest of his and my life. So it’s up to Roger. Roger made a bunch of money from this Beowulf script that he sold and with that money he came to me and just made me an offer I could not refuse. Since I loved Rules of Attraction I said great. He’s written a real spellbinding script for Glamorama. I think the problem is that it’s an expensive movie to make and I think it’s topic, which is Americans committing terrorism abroad, makes it not a very popular movie in development right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen. Roger keeps saying he’s going to do it. He keeps showing me storyboards for some of the big set pieces.
Avary of course wrote and directed the adaptation of Ellis’ Rules of Attraction, which I have neither read nor seen, but have heard that I should.