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Joe Wright For Fifty Shades Of Grey?

Joe Wright, the director behind such literary adaptations as Pride & Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina, is rumoured to be set to adapt another novel in the shape of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades Of Grey.  At this point in time the story is nothing more than a rumour with Variety reporting that an insider at Focus Films, the company who own the rights to Fifty Shades and the producers behind Wright’s Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina, have stated that Wright is the man for the job.

Fifty Shades Of Grey has become nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and started life as Twilight fan fiction before James redrafted it into the novel, and two sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, that it is now known.  The story follows recent college graduate Anastasia Steele who falls for, and ends up in all manner of sado-masochistic situations, with billionaire Christian Grey.  There is no word as to who might star in the film, which would presumably have to include a fair amount of nudity on the two leads’ behalf, but such names as Kristin Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Pine, Emma Watson and Spring Breakers Ashley Benson.  If Wright were to get the job though he might decide to recruit regular collaborator Keira Knightley who has starred in all his previous literary adaptations to Oscar nominated levels in Pride & Prejudice.  Based on Knightley and Wright’s last advert for Coco Chanel, not to mention that library scene in Atonement, the pair certainly know how to bring the right level of steaminess to Fifty Shades Of Grey.  Watch this space.  Source – Variety 

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Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com

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