Bret Easton Ellis & Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons' Looks to Kickstarter; How to Snag Some Cool Movie Memorabilia as a Reward

Bret Easton Ellis & Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons' Looks to Kickstarter; How to Snag Some Cool Movie Memorabilia as a Reward

May 04, 2012


Would you love to own an autographed money clip by Robert De Niro? How about Paul Schrader's shooting script for Taxi Driver? Think it'd be badass to show off a hardcover collection of every Bret Easton Ellis novel, autographed? It'll cost you anywhere from a few hundred dollars to 10,000 bucks, but you'd have some pretty amazing bragging rights. All these rewards are part of a new Kickstarter campaign for American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis' proposed film with director Schrader. The Canyons is being dubbed a contemporary thriller that documents five twenty-something's quest for power, love, sex and success in present day Hollywood. You probably remember that this is the project Ellis was chatting about on Twitter earlier this year. He wanted to cast porn's latest greatest star James Deen in a lead role and shared that the young actor "has to act and be full frontal naked banging girls and guys realistically." We've liked Deen's charisma and humor in the porn parody trailers we've seen, so we got excited. 
So far the writer has amassed $12,800 on the startup fundraiser website, and the number is steadily growing. Former producer at Lionsgate Braxton Pope will be contributing funding through his new company Sodium Fox in order to retain creative control of the screenplay. He described his frustration with big studio censorship on THR — something he undoubtedly shares with the literary provocateur. "With advances in digital photography and distribution, we can tell a story in the manner we choose. Movies are changing and we’re changing with it," Pope said.
Visit the Kickstarter page for more information on The Canyons, watch Schrader's pitch (below), and dig into to the goodies Ellis and his team are offering. Fifty bucks gets you a Blu-ray and autographed poster, but more importantly you'll be supporting art that takes risks and bucks the old system for a challenging piece of filmmaking — and we should all be doing that.

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