The adult romance novel 50 Shades of Grey is following a trend in Hollywood and will in fact be made into a film that could be in theaters as soon as the summer of 2014. Adam Fogelson, chairman of Universal Pictures has confirmed that production is moving quickly, but methodically.
“I don’t believe that [EL James] had any interest in going to a studio where rushing it into production was the vision,” Fogelson told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t believe that the second or third film would have benefited from that strategy. Universal Pictures acquired the rights to the trilogy in March of 2012 and Kelly Marcel, writer of Saving Mr. Banks was announced as the screenwriter for the trilogy in October. The novel exploded on the literary scene in 2011 and has sustained a steady stream of interest and intrigue since its release. The runaay hit has also spawned two successive books. What began as Twilight fan fiction, has grown to be the UK’s bestselling series according to Random House UK, and has sold over 20 million copies in the U.S.
To be clear, the 50 Shades trilogy, is not a great work of fiction, but is good for a light read when you need to take a quick break from the day-to-day grind. The characters are one-dimensional and the plot drifts towards being a soap opera with every turn of the page. What it lacks in fiction, should translate better on film. The clumsy aloofness of Ana Steele (heroine) and the steely demeanor of Christian Grey can work well in the adaptation, provided that the actor playing Christian is steamy enough, and the actors have a genuine chemistry. Otherwise it’ll be just another mediocre movie to pass the time.
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