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Charlie Hunnam Had a “Nervous Breakdown” Over Fifty Shades of Grey


Charlie Hunnam, the famous face from “Sons of Anarchy” famously resigned from the highly sought after lead role in the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey last summer and now he is saying that when he quit he had a nervous breakdown.

Hunnam told Moviefone that he quit the role of Christian Grey because “I just had like … frankly, something of a nervous breakdown.” He continued,

I just said, “I can’t … I can’t …” To fail on such a grand scale—because “Fifty” [is] going to be massive, it’s going to be huge. I really didn’t want to fail on such a grand scale and I just couldn’t transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in 48 hours. I bit off more than I could chew and it was painful. I loved the character and I wanted to do it.

Hunnam also explained that it would be difficult on him to go straight from completing his filming on “Sons of Anarchy” to working on the movie. So he dropped the movie during to the complicated scheduling.

I was going to finish Sons at like 11 p.m. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for Fifty, missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning.

In my opinion, Hunnam. You dodged a bullet. But regardless, the role of Grey went to Jamie Dornan and will release in theaters on February 14 2015.

Jamie Dornan in “Fifty Shades of Grey”


Universal Pictures and Focus Features have officially released the first picture of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the upcoming film Fifty Shades of Grey. The film is the big screen adaptation of the first novel in the series from author E.L. James. You can see the still below.

The still was posted on the film’s Facebook page and Twitter account in honor of the fictional character’s birthday. (No, I am not kidding.)

Dornan stars as the titular character alongside Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.

The follows Anastasia, a literature student, as she goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey, as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh. However, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana startled to realize she wants him, despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana’s beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but in his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey- despite of the embellishments of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family – Grey is consumed by the need to control everything. As they get close Ana starts to discover Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own desires

Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and will release in theaters on February 14.


Mark Bomback Joins Fifty Shades of Grey


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


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



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

Kelly Marcel To Write The Screenplay T Universal Pictures And Focus Features’ Film Adaptation Of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Universal Pictures and Focus Features officially announced today that Kelly Marvel is set to write the screenplay for the upcoming adaptation of popular novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey.”  Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film based on E L James’ #1 Bestselling book, alongside James.  The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features’ Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus.

Marcel most recently wrote the 2011 Black List script,  Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ novel, “Mary Poppins,” and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. That film is still currently in production at Walt Disney Studios starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell with John Lee Hancock directing.

Marcel also served as the co-creator and executive producer of the Amblin/FOX-TV series Terra Nova, for which she wrote the series’ pilot episode.  She will also produce The Madonnas Of Echo Park for HBO.

“Kelly’s work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humor and depth of character which is particularly visible in the celebrated screenplay for the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks,” said De Luca.  “We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelley’s engagement with the characters and world E L James has created and we knew she was the right person to augment our Fifty Shades family,” added Brunetti.

The “Fifty Shades” trilogy was aquired by Focus Features and Universal Pictures earlier this year with Focus Features marketing the film and distributing the film in partnership with Universal. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 45 languages worldwide since its release.  In the U.S. alone, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 32 million copies in e-book and print making it one of the fastest selling book series ever.

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

Marcel was represented in the deal by WME and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Limited. There is no official word on who is set to star in the principle roles of Christian and Anastasia.

For more information please see the official Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook page.

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!