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Friday, June 21, 2013

"Fifty Shades of Grey" movie adaptation; Felicity Jones rumored to star as lead; Sam Taylor-Johnson is officially confirmed as director [UDPATED]

One of the most highly-anticipated movie adaptations yet to begin production and development is the adaptation of the popular novel FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Now the project moves forward as a director has been named;  Sam Taylor-Johnson has been chosen to helm this movie. Felicity Jones has also been attached to star as the female lead character, but this has yet to be confirmed and finalized.
UPDATE: The release date has been announced: This movie is set for an August 1, 2014 release date [updated 6-29-13]. [read the rest of the news after the jump]


Universal Pictures and Focus Features has officially announced that Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”  Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing 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.

“Sam’s unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia’s relationship to life,” said De Luca.   “E L James’ characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed and Sam is a natural fit.”

Taylor-Johnson most recently directed 2009’s Nowhere Boy, the story of John Lennon’s childhood in Liverpool, where his fledgling genius found a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney.  The film garnered two BAFTA nominations, including “Outstanding British Film” and “Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.”  Taylor-Johnson also directed the critically acclaimed short Love You More which was nominated for the Palme D’Or in 2008.  She is currently in development on a film for Columbia Pictures based on the novel by Robert Goorlick, “A Reliable Wife,” which is also being produced by De Luca.

“I am excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen,” said Taylor-Johnson.  “For the legions of fans, I want to say that I will honor the power of Erika’s book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia.  They are under my skin too.”

Felicity Jones has been rumored to star as lead
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 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” 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.

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