Billy Bob Thornton and Kim Basinger are in talks to star 'The Informers', a film based on a collection of short stories by Bret Easton Ellis.

'The Informers' takes place during a week in Los Angeles during the 1980s, following seven intersecting stories which follow the life of a movie executive, his wife, his mistress, a rock star, a vampire and a kidnapper.

Thornton is in negotiations to play the movie executive and Basinger would play his wife.

'Superman' star Brandon Routh has been cast as the vampire, while Ashley Olsen will play a promiscuous girl.

Easton Ellis novels 'American Psycho', 'Less than Zero' and 'The Rules of Attraction' have previously been adapted for film.

'The Informers' is the first project he had a hand in adapting; he co-wrote the script with Nicholas Jarecki.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in October.

Thornton was last seen on Irish cinema screens in 'School for Scoundrels'; Basinger in 'The Sentinel'.