Gus Van Sant and Bret Ellis Team to tackle Suicide Saga Milk director Gus Van Sant and author Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) are joining forces to write a screenplay about the double suicide of artists Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake. According to Variety, Duncan and Blake “formed a popular couple on the downtown New York and Venice, Calif., art scenes. She was one of the first videogame designers for girls, and his ‘digital paintings’ — kaleidoscopic images shown on plasma screens — established him as a rising star on the circuit.” But the pair fell into a “paranoid spiral” when they came to believe that government and religious organizations were out to get them. They eventually both killed themselves. The film will be based on “The Golden Suicides,” a Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales.