Bret Easton Ellis is an American author and screenwriter. He was born into money. His parents were property developers Robert Martin Ellis and Dale Dennis Ellis. He grew up in Sherman Oaks, CA. His first novel, “Less Than Zero,” was a hit about a group of affluent and disillusioned Los Angeles youngsters. He then released “Imperial Bedrooms” as a sequel. His collection of short stories “The Informers” shows how he frequently ties his characters. Characters from different stories describe the stories in first person. His works are “transgressive”. Women’s groups criticized his novel “American Psycho” for its violent and sexual nature. But it’s largely regarded as his best effort. American Psycho, Less Than Zero, and The Rules of Attraction were all made into movies. He wrote the screenplays for “The Canyons” and “The Curse of Downers Grove”. “Lunar Park” was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. He hasn’t stated his sexuality because he believes it will affect how people read his books.
Early Childhood of Bret Easton Ellis
Béret Easton Ellis was born on March 7, 1964 to Robert Martin Ellis and Dale Dennis Ellis. He grew up in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was born in 1982.
He attended Buckley School. Bennington College, in Vermont, offered him a music course. There he met Donna Tartt and Jonathan Lethem.
After Work Life
It was Bret Easton Ellis’ debut novel. It’s the narrative of disenchanted, disillusioned, wealthy Los Angeles youth, published in 1985 when he was 21.
20th Century Fox turned “Less Than Zero” into a film in 1987. Robert Downey Jr. starred as did Andrew McCarthy and James Spader.
In 1994, he published “The Informers,” a collection of short stories. It has interconnected characters. He co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Jarecki.
Satire on celebrity society and commercialization in his 1998 novel Glamorama
It’s about a male model who joins a terrorist group made up of only other models.
Guinevere Turner and Mary Harron adapted his work American Psycho into a dark comedy in 2000. Lions Gate Films released it. Christian Bale portrayed the lead.
His book “The Rules of Attraction” was filmed in 2002. It starred James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, and Kip Pardue.
In Bret Easton Ellis’ “Lunar Park,” he portrays himself, his father, and his friend, author Jay McInerney. Knopf published it in 2005.
His 2010 album Imperial Bedrooms is a followup to “Less Than Zero”. After nearly two decades, the preceding novel’s self-destructive and disillusioned youth are re-visited as they approach middle age.
He authored the screenplay for “The Canyons” in 2013. Paul Schrader directs this sensual thriller. The film stars Lindsay Lohan and James Deen.
With director Derick Martini, he is now developing the screenplay for “The Curse of Downers Grove”. Based on Michael Hornburg’s “Downers Grove” novel.
Grandiose of Bret Easton Ellis
‘The Rules of Attraction’ was Bret Easton Ellis’ second novel. It depicts a love triangle between three promiscuous and pampered college students in New Hampshire.
He released “American Psycho” in 1991. Patrick Bateman, the main character, is a serial killer and businessman. The book’s violent and sexual themes sparked debate.
Honors & Awards
In 2013, he won the Best Screenplay Award at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival for his film “The Canyons”. Paul Schrader’s sensual thriller stars Lindsay Lohan.
Personal Legacy of Bret Easton Ellis
Bret Easton Ellis is known to be gay, and Michael Wade Kaplan was his lover. He is neither gay nor heterosexual.
Estimated Net Worth
Bret Easton Ellis is a well-known and wealthy screenwriter. Bret Easton Ellis net worth is estimated at $200 Thousand by Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.
This modern novelist titled his book “Less Than Zero” after an Elvis Costello song from 1977. The sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, is similarly named after a Costello album.
In 1999, contemporary Italian composer Lorenzo Ferrero composed “Glamorama Spies” for chamber ensemble.