Erotic Thriller “Fifty Shades of Grey” to Hit the Big Screen

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Erotic e-book Fifty Shades of Grey is an Internet sensation and it may soon be a movie as well. Vintage Books recently signed a seven-figure deal for rights to the tantalizing tale, and now Universal Pictures and Focus Features have purchased the film rights to the book many are calling “Twilight for Mommies.”   

Written and self published by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey, the first book in a three-book series, is the tale of a young college student who becomes involved with a sexy billionaire. Kinky, sadomasochist times soon follow. The erotic novel made the New York Times bestseller list and the other books in the series, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, are hot sellers as well.  

"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,” Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson and co-chairman Donna Langley said in a statement. “Like so many readers all over the globe, we've fallen in love with Fifty Shades of Grey."

Universal and Focus are believed to have paid $5 million for rights to the trilogy. James, a former television executive, will reportedly have a big role in the film’s development. The author is aware that bringing the book’s graphic sex scenes to the big screen may present a bit of a challenge. However, she’s thrilled about the opportunity.

“Life is not a dress rehearsal,” she said. “I didn’t want to get to be 90 and say, why didn’t I try something? This is a great opportunity. And I took it.”

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? Would you see a film based on the erotic thriller?

Sources: Vancouver Sun, Entertainment Weekly

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