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Mark Bomback Joins Fifty Shades of Grey

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Screenwriter Mark Bomback has joined the big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey to perform a screenplay polish on the project. The film is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and is adapted from the  E.L. James’ bestseller, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” According to The Wrap, Bomback is performing minor rewrites on Kelly Marcel’s script as the film gears up for a December production.

It was also recently announced that Jamie Dornan would be replacing the formerly attached Charlie Hunnam in the lead role as Christian Grey. He joins stars Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle and Luke Grimes with Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti producing the movie version alongside James.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” was initially published in 2011. It follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele (Johnson). Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” (2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

Fifty Shades of Grey Casts Lead Roles

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The two lead roles of Anastasia Steel and Christian Grey were under much contention over the last few months as fans and critics alike suggested their dream actors for the film adaptation. Finally, Universal Pictures and Focus Features have cast the lead spots for the highly anticipated film adaptation. Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam have been chosen. Continue reading

Sam Taylor-Johnson to Direct Fifty Shades of Grey

 

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The pseudo-porn novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” has officially found a director to helm the big screen adaptation. Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced that  Sam Taylor-Johnson has been hired on to direct the project. The film, based on the popular novel by E.L. James will be produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside the author.  Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Grey Author Admits She’s Not A Great Writer

Universal Pictures recently bought the film rights to adapt London-based author E.L. James’ erotic fiction novel Fifty Shades of Grey for the big screen. The book, which James said was inspired by the Twilight series, is currently at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list.

The official synopsis:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.”

Though Twilight received backlash for its portrayal of a dominant/submissive relationship, James has addressed whether Grey would be realistic relationship material.

“That’s really attractive on paper,” she said. “I think in their fantasies, yes. In real life I think it’s something very, very different. You want someone who does the dishes.”

Grey, according to E News, is far more sexually charged than Stephanie Meyers’ creation. So erotic, in fact, that James described discussing her novel as “excruciating” on The Today Show Tuesday.

“This is my midlife crisis—all my fantasies out there,” James said.

Though James is now a bestselling author, she isn’t letting the success inflate her ego. She relates that she never saw the book getting so popular, and is still amazed by its popularity. James also admitted to having flaws as a writer.

“I did this in a very undisciplined way,” she said. “I’m a very undisciplined writer. It’s really kind of raw, and, you know, I’m not a great writer.”

As for the film adaptation, few decisions have been announced. Though no official casting decisions have been released, there is speculation over who will play the lead roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

Popular choices include Dakota Fanning, Amanda Seyfried and Emmy Rossum as Steele, and Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Gosling and Chris Pine as Grey.

E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey to be Adapted by Universal and Focus

It was announced recently that Universal Pictures and Focus Features will partner up in marketing and distribution of a film adaptation of an online best-seller, Fifty Shades of Grey.  This was after Universal Pictures won a major bidding war for the film rights over the weekend, where they promptly announced that they will develop a film .  Written by E. L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book of a romance genre trilogy called the Fifty series.

The announcement was made by Universal Pictures’ Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley.  Both went on to say,

The ‘Fifty Shades’ Trilogy is a one-of-a-kind series of stories and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with E. L. James to bring them to the big screen.  Like so many readers all over the globe, we’ve fallen in love with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ It’s a special story and working with Focus, we hope to bring audiences a film they can enjoy as much as they loved the book.”

James Schamus, Chief Executive Officer of Focus Features said,

At its core, this is a romance of the most emotionally resonant, but delicate, order – and we look forward to working with our colleagues at Universal to transform E. L. James’ vision into a great film.”

That’s the clean version of how the story is being sold by Universal and Focus.  It gets better.

Initially the book was distributed by an Australia based publisher The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House.   The book has since turned into an overnight literary success has begun to sell an estimated ten thousand copies per day.  The e-book format of the book currently holds spots on the bestseller list on Amazon, The New York Times and Barnes & Noble.

Is it because romance is a high sell point that sales are doing well?  Certainly Twilight can’t be to blame here, can it?  Well, yes, it actually is to blame but there’s a twist.  The story was inspired by the popularity of the Twilight series.  James actually published the book independently online then took it down when the popularity caught on.  The book was then picked up by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing, then bought by Vintage Books; part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; a major U.S. publisher.  This romantic story is actually bondage erotica which has been dubbed online as, “Mommy Porn.”  I on the other hand will go with what my high school English teacher called all romance novels.  Cliterature.

The Fifty series deals with sexual behaviour that is usually considered taboo; aside from porn that is.  The story seems to have hit a target audience of adult females who have continued to spread the message almost virally online.  While there are those that do this openly, a lot of women are also living in the luxurious anonymity of cyberspace.  Free to be unrepressed and vocal about it.

The clean version that will appear on most sites talking about the news in passing will be as follows:  The Fifty Shades of Grey story; in a nutshell; is a story about a relationship between 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.

Forget that the names even matter. The story romanticizes female sexual submission which revolves around a graduate student who falls in lust with an dashing, older billionaire.  The man is handsome, wealthy, and has some extravagant bedroom appetites.  Who says you can’t buy happiness?

The Fifty trilogy also includes titles Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, in which the couple’s relationship is further explored.  I’m not sure how much more freaky things can get after the first book, but it’ll be fun getting there.  Bow chikka wow wow!