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Gus Van SantHere's a team from the dark side: Gus Van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis are joining forces to write a film about the 2007 suicide deaths of popular artists Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake.

The movie will be based on a 2008 Vanity Fair article, 'The Golden Suicides,' written by Nancy Jo Sales. That article recounts the downfall of the artists, who were stars of the Los Angeles and New York multi-media art world. Duncan was a writer, filmmaker and computer-game creator, who at one point had a two-film deal with Fox Searchlight and had written and directed a pilot for Oxygen Media. Blake created "lush and moody 'moving paintings,' shape-shifting innovations mixing abstract painting and digital film." Gus Van SantHere's a team from the dark side: Gus Van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis are joining forces to write a film about the 2007 suicide deaths of popular artists Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake.

The movie will be based on a 2008 Vanity Fair article, 'The Golden Suicides,' written by Nancy Jo Sales. That article recounts the downfall of the artists, who were stars of the Los Angeles and New York multi-media art world. Duncan was a writer, filmmaker and computer-game creator, who at one point had a two-film deal with Fox Searchlight and had written and directed a pilot for Oxygen Media. Blake created "lush and moody 'moving paintings,' shape-shifting innovations mixing abstract painting and digital film."

The pair lived together for 12 years, first in New York, then Venice, but after moving to the West Coast their grip on reality began to unravel, and they began to believe that government and religious organizations were conspiring against them. Duncan took an overdose of pills and died at St. Mark's Church in Manhattan's East Village, while Blake, despondent over her death, walked into the Atlantic Ocean a week later.

'Milk' director Van Sant, who is no stranger to stories about offbeat and tragic characters ('Drug Store Cowboy,' 'Good Will Hunting,' 'Elephant'), will be involved only as a writer at this point, according to a report in Variety. Author Ellis, whose literary work dwells in a world of metropolitan dementia, hasn't had much success with big screen adaptations of his work; while well-received by critics, 'The Rules of Attraction' and 'American Psycho' didn't exactly tear up the box office. This will be a suicide pact to watch.