Breaking news alert! The 50 SHADES OF GREY movie adaptation of the popular ‘Mommy-porn’ novel of the same name has found a director in Sam Taylor-Johnson (above left with husband, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson), helmer of the John Lennon biopic NOWHERE BOY.
The film is based over at Universal and Focus Features, with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca producing, along with the writer of the source material EL James.
The novel, which has sold 70 million copies in e-book and print form (wow), revolves around the relationship between a girl named Anastasia Steele and a guy named Christian Grey. Apparently, there’s a lot of sex involved. They do a lot of sex.
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.
The rights to the novel were snapped up by Universal last year after a massive bidding war, and is a hot ticket in terms of director too, but I feel that Taylor-Johnson could be a perfect choice. The question is, who will she cast in the main roles? Could we see young Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Christian? We’ll bring you more news as we get it.