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Rumored Bret Easton Ellis/James Deen film project is half a reality

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Last January, the Playlist reported that American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis was working on a "L.A. noir micro budget" film that would star porn star James Deen. This week, the dreams of thousands of horny teenage girls on Tumblr became a reality, kinda, when it was announced that Ellis will start shooting the movie, now titled The Canyons, this July. This will be just like The Rules of Attraction, except someone will almost certainly get dick-slapped.

Although Deen isn't officially attached to the project just yet, Ellis has stated that the hottest Jewish male porn star of all time (and no, for the record, Ron Jeremy definitely is not in the running) is his first choice to play the main character, whom The Playlist describes as a "trust fund kid, power player, and major manipulator" who "enjoys shooting his own three-way sex sessions." The movie, which will be directed by Taxi Driver's Paul Schrader, is apparently a psychosexual thriller that has "both crime and redemption elements," whatever that means, and it follows a group of twentysomethings as they navigate the seedy streets of Los Angeles. 

Of course, a real, dyed-in-the-wool James Deen fan wouldn't care if the movie was a Care Bears remake, so long as it featured gratuitous nudity and some girl in crotchless latex. Well, Deen enthusiasts, Ellis hears you loud and clear; last January, he promised that whoever played the lead would have to "act and be full frontal naked banging girls and guys realistically." The summary on The Playlist also reassures us that there will be nudity, though it won't be "employed salaciously." Reassuring?