’50 Shades of Grey’ Movie to Be Produced by ‘Social Network’ Duo

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 13th, 2013 at 1:41 pm,

50 shades grey movie 50 Shades of Grey Movie to Be Produced by Social Network Duo

50 Shades of Grey originated as an erotic Twilight fan-fiction series titled “Master of the Universe” (not kidding). E.L. James published her work online for a period of time, but eventually decided to rework her kinky Bella/Edward stories into an original piece – about the very adult relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and 27-year-old billionaire, Christian Grey.

The rest, as they say, is history. 50 Shades of Grey is a best-selling monster, and has spawned two sequels (“50 Shades Darker” and “50 Shades Freed”). James’ three books have sold some 31 million copies in e-book and print form worldwide, breaking the Harry Potter series’ record for fasted-selling paperbacks of all time (again, not kidding).

Universal Pictures and Focus Features secured the film rights to 50 Shades of Grey earlier this year, and now Oscar-nominated producers Dana Brunetti and Mike De Luca (The Social Network) have put in a bid to back the project. Here are the official statements from studio heads, professing confidence in the duo’s ability to adapt James’ novel (which is full of explicit sex scenes involving bondage, sadism, and masochism, among other things):

“At its core, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is a complex love story, requiring a delicate and sophisticated hand to bring it to the big screen,” said Universal Pictures Co-Chairman Donna Langley. “Mike and Dana’s credits more than exemplify what we need in creative partners and we’re glad to have them as part of our team.”

“Michael De Luca is a dream producer, whose combination of vision, taste and fearlessness is the perfect match for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’,” said Focus Features’ Chief Executive Officer James Schamus.

Early rumors about the potential writers and directors for the 50 Shades of Grey movie are (in many ways) as mind-boggling as the origins of James’ original work. American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has lobbied for the opportunity to pen the screenplay, while Angelina Jolie’s been reported as a potential contender to sit in the director’s chair (take all that with a grain of salt, of course).

Brunetti and De Luca are going to have their hands full, convincing the masses that 50 Shades of Grey can turn out as anything but a glorified treatment of late-night adult entertainment you might find on Cinemax (ie. a “Skinemax” TV movie). The project is starting to move ahead full-steam now, and it will be… well, interesting to see how moviegoers respond – especially as more and more people learn about the history of the property (and its connection to the love-it-or-hate-it Twilight franchise).

Expect to hear more about 50 Shades of Grey in the future (whether you like it or not).

Source: Universal

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  1. I found all three books very interesting its a love story between a shy kind girl and a man who has a dark past I love these books they give you a insite to how you can make a relationship work no matter what happens i hope a 4th book is being done an hope the fils will be just as enjoyable as the books

  2. I’m already on the 3rd installment chapter 15 I’m reading slow because I’m not going to know what to read after Christian and Ana! I really enjoyed reading the trilogy and knowing it is turning into a movie is even gratifying. Hopefully, there will be a 4th installment in Christian’s view. I pray the studio and directors and producers read the book also because the characters should be like the book. On that note I think Paul Walker would be great as Christian Grey!!! *hint, hint*

    • Om gosh i was thinking the same as you paul walker!! And his eyes remind me of christians an how ana describes them loll

    • Paul walker? Hell no! Matt bomer

  3. Without wanting to be sarcastic – why not offering the female title rule to Amanda Knox?

  4. Im just gettin towards the end of Freed.. Book three.. I have been unable to put down keen to read next part of this capturvatin stortyline. Each to their own. Twlight was far fetched fantasy but in this crazy world it takes u ‘away’ from reality..
    In my opinion, yes some poor grammar but hay who cares its 2012.. Its abit of fun, dreamy with some steamy fantasty great
    car cash, every gal’s dream .. excellcent

  5. I am just comin to the end of the third book.. Yes agreed,some bad grammar, but who cares its 2012, Twlight was a fantastic fantasy which captured our hearts also imagination.. Definatly needed in this crazy world we’re livin in.
    Who doesnt enjoy some Real Romance, a Knight in shinin armour, a Happy Eva !! Good slightly different from norm(in everyday) sex, romance, car cash .. Blackmail .. Its right on the button in my opinion.
    Howeva I would really eurge for A Fresh bit of Bod to b found for Christian his discription is unique really discriptive and Deserves to be found.. It has to be Completely Perfect.. A young Matthew Maccourthy .. No one who weve watched or pictured as someone else.. It will definatly b a Smash box office hot hit …. Cast the correct male crush Christian … Has to b New Bones Fresh Blood …Brendan

  6. .Brendan from Hollyoaks .. His kinda attitude .. Agree with Michelle Phifer as Elena.. Cameron Diaz as Kate.. Matthew Maccourthy as Carrick .. Vamp diaries guy Ian Somer as Jose or Elliot.. But gotta gotta b sumone new Damn Hot nd Fresh for Chritian…. Cant wait …

  7. Oh god, why is this being turned into a film!? It’s a load of crap! It’s a stupid twilight fanfiction all she did was change the bloody names and got it published. All it is is twilight porn. How did this even get published? So many great books out there,yet they get noticed but you get this piece of crap that’s now everywhere.

  8. Just more pressure on teenage girls to emulate what ‘Real’ men want.. This is written to entice the under 20’s out there and with the already confused images of surgically enhanced women appearing to be what men want, what future does the avarage normal young women have to meet an average normal young man. Dangerous literature for the younger generation..

    • I’m sorry but what a load of twaddle you write! Anastacia Steele is not made out to be the most perfect beautiful woman that Christian meets. He falls in love with her not so much her looks but her as a person. Did you actually read the books..? He doesn’t ask her to have surgery or change the way she looks so how on earth do you make your observations..? The books will not appeal to everyone – you obviously don’t have a romantic bone in your body.

      • Actually if you were able to comprehend what you read, he fell in love with Anastasia because of her looks! He had some ‘mommy’ issues if you remember correctly and she looked an awful lot like his biological mother. Or were you too caught up in the unrealistic gross sex scenes with the poor grammar?

    • ps. that comment above was for Jasmine!

      • Thank you Tracysimba!!!! Very very well put! Some people just try n discourage and make others not want to read it. Let others read it and develope there own freakin opinions. Jeez its a lovely book, if they didn’t like it and thought it to be horrible then for petes sake, why did they/she read all 3 books lol.. Anyway, just wanted thank you yet again for your comment. You Rock and I couldn’t agree with you more, jeez, some people just need to ease up and not make something outta nothing. They’re just books,(not a true story) not a life or death situation lol.. have a wonderful day Miss Tracysimba. I’m about to start Fifty Shades Darker, right now! I can’t wait! Again, thank you :)

  9. I would like to see Joe Manganilo and Kelly Overton for Mr. Gray and Ms. Steel

  10. All I want to know is how the hell are thy going to depict the blowjob scene?? I mean, you can’t not without it being an actual porn!!!

  11. If you liked (or hated) “50 Shades of Grey,” check out “Anything For Georgetown And Other Stories” on Smashwords.com. Brilliant, beautiful Monica meets new guidance counselor Gabe Houlihan. He offers to help her get into Georgetown University, but is she willing to give up her racy past, her bullying of other students and her stripping parties for the school of her choice? Not only that, but will she agree to be punished via spanking and tickling for her transgressions? Now in print at Lulu.com!

  12. I think Jude Law and Anne Hathaway would be a perfect casting for Christian and Ana!

  13. I’ve never liked reading until I read this trilogy! I can’t wait to see it on tv! This is more than just sexual this is every girls dream and fantasy!

  14. Ive been keeping tabs of who has been suggested for the role of christian…i have read the books and they r awesome!! I do not agree with any of the choices that are laid out..i have viewed tons of actors and the look of christian makes me think of paul walker! He looks the age..he is absolutely gorgeous..and a great actor! My opinion!! I personally..as a viewer would prefer not to see any of the actors that r already starring in popular shows..twilight, vampire diaries..ect. they r all great but itdbe be too much i think! PAUL WALKER!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Matt Bomer for christian grey!!!! Blake Lively for Kate, Ashley Greene for Mia.. Anastasia is still hard for me to think of

  16. Ian sommerhalder as Christian and I would love seeing Nina Dobrev as Ana. :)

  17. Isn’t anybody bothered by making this story glamorous for young women who think they too can reform someone like Christian? I have nothing against explicit sex scenes, esp. in books – no one is exploited in making them. It’s just imagination. I tried to give the story a fair shake. I just have very mixed emotions about it.

  18. How about Rihanna’s “Stay” for the themesong? I think it would be perfect.

  19. Just a thought, the producers should try to get Chris hemsworth to play Christian grey. He has the right body build and somewhat matches the description of grey…


  21. I really think that Adrianne Curry – America’s first top model winner….would be the ideal choice to play the college student. Look at her pic’s. The one with glasses perfect…then the others. I also think Richard Geer from pretty women should be the man. PERFECT!!

  22. What is the matter with you? Move the release date up so you can get Charlie. Anyone who read the trilogy or even heard about it will buy the DVD’s, maybe you can get them out in time for Valentines Day and make everyone happy. I bought the Trilogy because I heard every day housewives talking about this fabulous book that could spice up their love life. I hope the girl you casted for Anastasia has read the books. She’s pretty but doesn’t look like anything like the character. Virgins don’t wear porno red lipstick…