Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
28 August 2015
Podcast 176: Ed Skrein
Podcast refuelled!
Exclusive Trailer For Listen To Me Marlon
Brando in his own words
New Poster For The Hallow Online
Plus director Corin Hardy shows us his sketchbook
Vincent D'Onofrio to Direct The Kid
Moving behind the camera with a Western
Joe Carnahan Finally Shoots Five Against A Bullet
Long-gestating project gets green light
Sofia Vergara Joins The Brits Are Coming
Starring with Uma Thurman and Tim Roth
Sam Worthington Clashes With The Titan
Ruth Wilson to co-star
More Movie News

Universal Sees 50 Shades Of Gray
Erotic novel gets movie deal

26 March 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Universal Sees 50 Shades Of Gray

Once in a while, a book comes along that has all of Hollywood’s executives type salivating, consumed with the thoughts of snagging the movie rights and turning it into a huge film hit. We like to imagine the book itself strutting down the halls of a high school, a wind machine fluttering its crisp white pages as suited studio types gape in slow-motion. Well, the latest walk-through has just concluded, and the rights to EL James’ controversial erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey are now in the hands of Focus Features and Universal.

The book – which began life as Twilight fan fiction and evolved into the steamy tale of a BDSM relationship between 21-year-old college student Anastasia Steele and wealthy late-20s entrepreneur Christian Grey – has been a huge bestseller with crucial appeal to an influential, largely female readership.

According to Deadline, the exact figure for the deal was not announced (Hollywood turning coy for once, we suppose), but it does include JK Rowling-style control over scripts, casting and director for James. But though there are two other books in the series, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, she didn’t insist that all three get made. However, you can bet they will be if the first movie makes it through development hell and is a success.

Whether that will happen is a big question. The book certainly has appeal, but the seemingly racy material could be a stumbling block for a high-profile pic. For every Basic Instinct, there are several duds (Colour Of Night among them). This one will likely depend on the team assembled to bring it to the screen…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Tenacious D Short Online
Jack and Kyle return to rock your socks
Denzel Washington Could Be The Equalizer
Update: He's in!


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Evil Media: Haunted TVs, Tapes And Tunes
Ten sinister reasons to go off-grid

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)