Fans of EL James’ naughty novels will be excited to hear that the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey could be tantalisingly close…
In fact, Christian Grey and his bedroom antics could be coming to a cinema near you as early as summer 2014.
Universal chairman Adam Fogelson said making the raunchy movie was an “absolute priority”, teasing “We could be ready to release it as early as next summer.”
The filthy Fifty Shades trilogy describes the increasingly sado-masochistic sexual exploits of innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele and experienced businessman Christian Grey. Since their publication in 2011, EL James’ saucy stories have swept around the world and quickly become international bestsellers, with over 65 million copies sold.
Screenwriter Kelly Marcel is so far the only person offically confirmed to be involved in the movie, though if Universal are planning on turning the project around in just over a year chances are more news is just on the horizon.
While Fogelson admitted there is no word yet on a director, he did tell The Hollywood Reporter: “We have had really, really interesting, great conversations with talented, serious filmmakers.”
Meanwhile, there’s plenty of speculation as to who could take on the roles of dominating Grey and naive Anastasia…
Man of Steels’s Henry Cavill and White Collar’s Matt Bomer are frontrunners to play the egotistical entrepreneur, while Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder, Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, and Gossip Girl’s Chase Crawford and Ed Westwick have been linked too.
When it comes to the female part, Harry Potter star Emma Watson has been mentioned, as has Gilmore Girls actress Alexis Bledel. Emma Roberts, Mila Kunis, Kristen Stewart and Rooney Mara are also rumoured, alongside Chalet Girl’s Felicity Jones, Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, Shameless’s Emmy Rossum and Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale.
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