Easton Ellis Swaps Bateman For Bait

“American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis is penning a Spain-set thriller screenplay entitled “Bait” for Picture Machine and Galavis Films says Variety.

The story centers on a disturbed woman who holds a group of American students hostage in shark-infested waters. Jonas Pate (“Caprica,” “The Event”) will direct.

Braxton Pope, Matt Perniciaro, Kevin Mann and Jesus Martinez are producing. Those last three worked together on the upcoming Summit thriller “The Cold Light of Day” starring Henry Cavill.

Lionsgate has first go at domestic rights while Mandate will sell it internationally. Shooting aims to kick off this spring at Ciudad de la Luz studios in Alicante, Spain.