Kanye West Asked Bret Easton Ellis to Write Him a Film

By Shannon Carlin

If Kanye West asks you to write him a film, you do it. Or you hem and haw over it before you just go and write the damn thing. At least that’s what Bret Easton Ellis did.

The American Psycho author told Vice that Kanye asked him to write a film because that’s something ‘Ye can just ask someone. “I didn’t want to at first,” Ellis admitted. “Then I listened to Yeezus.”

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He explained that it was early summer 2013 and he was driving in his car listening to an advance copy of the album. “I thought, regardless of whether I’m right for this project, I want to work with whoever made this. So f*** it, I said yes,” Ellis explained. “And that’s how it happened. That was seven or eight months ago. We’ll see what happens.”

As for any details about the film, Ellis said he wasn’t allowed to give any, remarking, “It’s in Kanye-land and that’s subject to a whole other timeframe.”

Ellis also gave Vice an inside take on Kanye the man not necessarily the God, explaining, “I really like him as a person. I know he comes off in this performance art way in the press, but if you’re just alone with him in a room talking for three hours, it’s kind of mind-blowing.”

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The two men previously worked together on a spoof of American Psycho, which Ellis wrote and Kanye used to tease his upcoming album. The clip featured Kourtney Kardashian’s beau Scott Disick reenacting the film’s original “Huey Lewis and the News” scene to express his feelings on Yeezus.

Kanye later returned the favor by appearing on Ellis’ podcast to talk about 12 Years of Slave. Listen to that episode here.


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