Theresa Duncan, Jeremy Blake Suicides to Be Subject of Gus Van Sant Project

Theresa Duncan was a successful and much-lauded video game designer by the time she committed suicide in July of 2007 after she and her boyfriend, Jeremy Blake, seemed to descend into a self-insulated world of paranoid delusion.

Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake (From New York magazine)
Duncan and Blake began to worry friends and family after claiming they were being targeted and harrassed by scientologists intent on destroying their careers. They went so far as to accuse people who had nothing to do with scientology of trying to bring them down. In February, 2007, the couple moved from Los Angeles to Manhattan after neighbors complained that they had grown confontational and frightening.

The couple puzzled long-time friends and acquaintences with their behavior. They had been together for 12 years, and people knew them as a loving couple, both devoted to their relationship as well as their art.

"American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis (Getty Images)
Finally, on July 10, 2007, Jeremy Blake returned to the building where the two were living and found Duncan dead. She had mixed Tylenol PM, Benadryl and alcohol with the apparent intention of killing herself. One week later, Blake did the same when he took off his clothes and walked into the Atlantic Ocean. On the back of a business card left with his discarded clothes, Blake wrote, "I am going to join the lovely Theresa."

It was reported Wednesday by the New York Post that author Bret Easton Ellis and director Gus Van Sant are teaming up to work on a film about the last days of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake inspired by the Vanity Fair article, "The Golden Suicides," which details the double suicide. From the Post:
The tragic love story of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake, the filmmaker and artist who mysteriously killed themselves last year (believing they were being harassed by Scientologists and the government), is headed to the big screen. American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis will be writing the screenplay and director Gus Van Sant has signed on as a consultant for the movie, which is being produced by Braxton Pope and Andrew Weiner of Ithaka films along with Lionsgate.
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