Universal and Focus Features Win Bidding War for Erotic Novel Series FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

     March 26, 2012


Universal Pictures and Focus Features have come out the victors in the battle for the “mommy porn” series Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s not uncommon for studios to vie for the film rights to certain hot properties, but Fifty Shades of Grey is different for a few reasons. 1. The three-part romance series is heavy on the S&M and erotica, 2. The books rose to prominence as ebooks, and 3. Author E.L. James developed the story for Fifty Shades of Grey from her own Fan fiction work inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books. What’s that last part, you say? Oh yes, we now live in a world where Twilight fan fiction is turned into bestselling fiction, which itself is turned into a hot feature film property. Hit the jump for more.

fifty-shades-of-grey-book-coverThe story for Fifty Shades of Grey traces the deepening relationship between a female college graduate and a young business magnate. This “deepening relationship” includes lots and lots of dirty sex filled with BDSM. The books are currently only available as ebooks or print-on-demand paperbacks, but a paperback edition printing is poised to hit bookstores on April 17th.

THR reports that author James and her agent Valerie Hoskins played host to a variety of studios vying for the feature film rights to the trilogy. Universal and Focus paired up to make the winning bid, and now I guess we have an entire movie devoted to dirty romance-loving readers to look forward to. Read the synopsis below, and if you wanna get a feel for exactly how dirty Fifty Shades of Grey is, I highly suggest you seek out a sample page and start reading. Be forewarned, you may be in desperate need of a shower afterwards.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

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. [Amazon]

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