How did directors, writers and producers trade heated insults before Twitter? Well, in a way much less entertaining for the rest of us, that’s for sure. We have been particularly entertained by the feud that bubbled up yesterday, when Bret Easton Ellis expressed frustration that Kelly Marcel landed the gig he’d been vying for, writing the screenplay of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Unfortunately — or maybe fortunately — he lobbed this insult just an hour after releasing the teaser trailer for his upcoming movie, The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen. The sneak peek plays up the campy nature of the movie with the look of a melodrama made in the 1960s. And it was basically placed in the direct line of fire of Fifty Shades producer Dana Brunetti. “@BretEastonEllis Really, Bret? The day you release that ‘trailer’. School film? You’re losing it,” he said in a tweet he then deleted, according to E!. Then Brunetti proceeded to retweet a slew of posts critiquing The Canyons.
Ouch. To be fair, this is a teaser trailer, so not really the best way to judge the famed novelist’s film. Similarly, just because Kelly Marcel’s previous credits are quite few — Terra Nova and the in-production Saving Mr. Banks — doesn’t mean she won’t make the Fifty Shades we’ve been waiting for. But yeah, Twitter wars are so much more fun (for us) when the people involved don’t pause to give each other the benefit of the doubt.