So, we still don't have any idea who will be playing 27 year old billionaire Christian Grey or college student Anastasia Steele, but we do know Universal Pictures and Focus Features are getting their ducks in a row behind the scenes on Fifty Shades of Grey. The much anticipated film version of the first book of E.L. James' bestselling trilogy has just nabbed producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (producers of Moneyball and The Social Network).
Announcing De Luca and Brunetti's involvement, Universal Pictures Co-Chairman Donna Langley stated, "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. 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."
Author James, who will also be involved as a producer, commented, "I am thrilled that Mike has joined Team Fifty. He brings a passion for and in-depth understanding of the characters and story, and a wealth of experience in making quality films."
The same audience that turned out for Magic Mike will be turning out for the Fifty Shades of Grey film. An erotic tale involving S&M, Fifty Shades of Grey was initially written as Twilight fan fiction. It ultimately evolved into a must-read trilogy that's sold more than 31 million ebook and print copies.
As for the casting rumors, that's all they are at this point. Fans have voiced their opinions on who should play Christian (Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer, Alexander Skarsgard, new daddy Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Pine all seem to have quite a few supporters), however the studio hasn't even signed up a director yet. Rumor had it that Angelina Jolie had an 'informal conversation' about directing the film early last month, but the studio is keeping any director news under wraps at this point.
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