Director Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting) and author Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) have teamed up to write a screenplay for a film adaptation for "The Golden Suicides", Vanity Fair's article on the double suicide of game designer Theresa Duncan and her boyfriend, artist Jeremy Blake, in July 2007.

Duncan is known for her work on PC titles that chiefly targeted girls, games such as Chop Suey, Smarty, and Zero Zero, which Salon once described as struggling to "offset the splatterfest tit-show that governs much of the current gaming scene". Chop Suey, created in 1995 with Monica Gesue, in particular, was recognized for its whimsical art and fantasy world filled with fortune tellers, carnivals, and singing pickles.

Smarty followed the wanderings of 9-year-old Mimi Smartypants as she explores different areas during her summer in Detroit -- the Pancake Hut, the Dollar Dream discount emporium, a movie theater, a school (Our Lady of Impossible Sorrow), and other locations. Zero Zero stars young Pinkee Le Brun, a firewood vendor delivering her wares in Paris as the city approaches New Year's Eve in 1899.

Blake, known in the art world for his "digital paintings", provided illustrations for Duncan's projects and also worked at Rockstar Games in New York as a graphic designer. He also contributed artwork to Beck's Sea Change album and created the hallucination scenes in Paul Thomas Anderson's depressing film Punch Drunk Love.

Despite enjoying success in their respective fields, the couple "descended into a paranoid spiral when the artists developed a consuming belief that government and religious organizations were conspiring against them", according to Variety. Duncan eventually killed herself by ingesting a mix of over the counter medication and alcohol, and Blake committed suicide a week later by throwing himself into the Atlantic Ocean.

Though Van Sant is co-writing the script, he hasn't indicated that he will direct the film.