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Kanye West working with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis for Yeezus film

Posted on Thursday, 20 February by

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Kanye West has apparently enlisted novelist and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis, author of the wildly popular and controversial novel turned film, American Psycho, to adapt West’s album Yeezus into a film.

Known for controversies himself, Kanye reportedly began working with Ellis seven or eight months ago after an early copy of the Yeezus album was given to the critically-acclaimed author and speaking to Vice in a recent interview, the author said:

West came and asked me to write the film. I didn’t want to at first. Then I listened to Yeezus. It was early summer last year and I was driving in my car. He’d given me an advance copy, and I thought, regardless of whether I’m right for this project, I want to work with whoever made this. So f–k it, I said yes. And that’s how it happened. That was seven or eight months ago. We’ll see what happens.”

Whilst Yeezus is something of a concept album with no direct narrative driving it, West’s sixth studio album is semi-autobiographical and examines the artist’s pressures, fears and triumphs. Add to that West directed a 35-minute film titled Runaway.

Fairfax Media critic Craig Mathieson said of the purported project: “Given [West] is a fashion designer, he knows how to extrapolate small tendencies into big things.” Mathieson went on to say Yeezus was “a fascinating album that is critically focused on remaking both pop music and hip-hop even as it wallows in narcissism”.

Having already dabbled in different artistic mediums, West is something of a newbie to the film world – however Easton Ellis has a strong repertoire of novel to film adaptations, including American Psycho, Less Than Zero and Rules Of Attraction – he also wrote the screenplay for last year’s Paul Schrader film The Canyons.

It was known since summer of 2013 that the duo were working on a collaboration on a film script, but now it seems more concrete evidence is emanating from each camp. We look forward to the results.

Let’s hope it’s better than this American Psycho Yeezus promo with Scott Disick.

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Lewis Scrafton
22. Co-founder and editor of SQ Magazine. Studying at University of Sussex. Interned at MATTER and published in The Guardian.


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