Bret Easton Ellis wants a piece of the Fifty Shades action.
"I'm putting myself out there to write the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey..." he tweeted over the weekend, adding, "Contacted my agent about adapting Fifty Shades of Grey and have heard nothing back. But it's a Saturday and Gay Pride, so: understandable."
He followed up on Sunday with, "Completely committed to adapting Fifty Shades of Grey. This is not a joke. Christian Grey and Ana: potentially great cinematic characters."
Ellis then tweeted that he would be "approaching the studio" this week about the job. In March, Universal Pictures and its Focus Features division snapped up the rights to produce the movie version of the monster best-selling trilogy. Ellis says he has actors in mind for the steamy leading roles.
On Monday, Ellis wrote: "I think David Cronenberg is a great idea for directing Fifty Shades of Grey and we worked together on American Psycho in its initial phase." Angelina Jolie was being rumored to be in talks for directing, but that rumor has been squashed by her rep.
Digital Spy reports that Ellis threw out names including Alexander Skarsgard and Ryan Gosling for the role of Christian, and Lena Dunham, Kristen Stewart and Scarlett Johansson for the role of Ana.
Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale said last week "it would be freaking awesome" to play Ana. She envisions Ian Somerhalder as Christian.
Meanwhile, the Daily News reports that E.L. James, author of the triology that is told through the eyes of virgin Ana, is considering re-writing the books to be told from the point of view of dominant Christian.