Bret Easton Ellis' 'Downers Grove': Darren Criss To Star After Author's 'Glee' Bashing?

08/23/2011 08:59 am ET | Updated Oct 24, 2011

UPDATE: A rep for Criss reached out to The Huffington Post to clarify that the "Glee" star is not involved in "Downers Grove," despite Ellis' tweets.

Darren Criss, it seems, did not step too deeply into that famed "puddle of HIV."

Bret Easton Ellis, famed author of such happy tomes as "American Psycho," went on a widely-read Twitter rant back in April in which he dissed everyone's favorite high school musical dramedy. "I like the idea of 'Glee' but why is it that every time I watch an episode I feel like I've stepped into a puddle of HIV?" he wrote.

That drew the scathing criticism and protective claws of Gleeks the world round (and, probably, HIV advocates), leading him to tweet two days later, "Okay, okay, I get it, I get it. I'll stop riffing on H.I.Glee and tweet about how boring the collected stories of William Trevor are. Happy?"

On Sunday, Easton Ellis returned to the subject of the show, but for a very different reason.

"Whatever my problems with Glee have nothing to do with the incredibly talented cast itself. Have tastelessly bashed the show not the actors," he wrote, before adding, "And no the producers of the script I wrote (Downers Grove) which Darren Criss might (or might not) star in didn't make me write that tweet."

Of course, while it may actually be his opinion, either way, it's a good thing to clear up if you're trying to woo a budding star to your film. After all, Criss just signed on to star opposite Kristen Wiig in "Imogen" and was given a series regular contract on "Glee" for his second season, so it's unlikely he'd want to work for someone that lumps you into a puddle of HIV.