Brett Easton Ellis (“American Psycho”), the author known for his satirical documentation of the moral vacuum caused by excessive money and fame has been pegged by Lionsgate to write a screenplay based on Vanity Fair’s Nancy Jo Sales’ coverage of artists Theresa Duncan and her partner Jeremy Blake, the East Village couple who mysteriously committed suicide last year.

Ellis, the writer behind “The Informers,” this year’s controversial Sundance film, is no stranger to the subject matter of death and paranoia. Works such as “Glamorama” and “American Psycho” are based entirely on the premise of murder in high society circles, which makes the author seem better than anyone to take on the extremely tragic, bizarre story (even if it is overwhelmingly crass to be producing a feature film on the recently deceased couple.)

Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake’s suicides were followed by a flurry of press attempting to link L.A. singer/songwriter Beck and his Scientology connections to the couple, and multiple theories relating Beck’s alleged dropping out of Duncan’s project, “Alice Underground” to the artist’s suicide.