“The Canyons,” a collaboration between screenwriter and author Bret Easton Ellis and filmmaker Paul Schrader billed as “American Psycho” meets “American Gigolo,” has been picked up for distribution by IFC Films.
Starring troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen in his first major non-adult film role, the picture has already lived a vibrant life in the media as a flashpoint of controversy and something of a contemporary elaboration of the old adage that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
Following a bruising magazine article chronicling the film’s turbulent production timed to what would have been its premiere at the recent Sundance Film Festival – had it not been rejected – the film was seen as damaged goods.
Another story about the film’s rejection from the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival, a public breach of the private protocols of the festival world, further hurt the movie's profile. The negative pile-on response to a number of teaser trailers released online, each done in a different period style, seemed to cast further doubt on its future fortunes.