After apparently mastering the written word, Bret Easton Ellis is now set to make his proper directorial debut. The storied American Psycho author will direct The Deleted for Fullscreen's new subscription video service, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The series, set for release in the first quarter of 2017, will (fittingly enough) center on a group of twentysomethings who just escaped from a presumably less-than-fun cult.
The thriller follows the shared panic of these cult escapees in the wake of three seemingly unrelated disappearances, meaning shit will likely get very real in a relatively brief period of time. The Deleted, set in Los Angeles, is part of Fullscreen's new $4.99-a-month Netflix-esque service that launches this week. The series, however, isn't expected to hit the platform until next year. Though THR notes that Deleted marks Ellis' traditional directing debut, he did previously helm the music video for Dum Dum Girls' "Are You Okay" back in 2014:
"We created a new kind of entertainment experience which merges the things we love about premium content and social media," George Strompolos, Fullscreen CEO, told Deadline on Monday. "We're building it for an audience we know and love—a social-first, mobile-first generation." In addition to Ellis' Deleted series, Fullscreen is also set to debut a new series from YouTube stars Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart entitled Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, a reboot of the 1976 original.
Back in 2013, Ellis flexed his producer-writer muscles with The Canyons. The critically divisive erotic thriller, starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen, didn't exactly land on any year-end lists but is worth watching because, well, just peep the Kanye West-remixed trailer: