The much anticipated 50 Shades of Grey film could arrive as early as next summer.
It’s been a few months since it was announced that Kelly Marcel will be adapting E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey for the big screen and fans have been anxiously awaiting word on who might end up directing the project. Today, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson, who says that the big screen version is moving along rapidly and that it could hit the big screen as early as 2014.
THR: Give us an update on the Fifty Shades movie. Some think you aren’t moving quickly enough to capitalize on the buzz.
Fogelson: I certainly understand why some people might take that point of view. But I don’t believe that [author EL James] had any interest in going to a studio where rushing it into production was the vision. I don’t believe that the second or third film would have benefited from that strategy. And I think that there are totally legitimate questions about what this book is as a movie. I will tell you that it is an absolute priority for us. It’s conceivable that we could be ready to release it as early as next summer.
THR: Is it true you asked Angelina Jolie to direct?
Fogelson: No. We’re involved in a different project [the World War II drama Unbroken] with her. But we have had really, really interesting, great conversations with talented, serious filmmakers.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy in March of last year. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. Fifty Shades of Grey has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 45 languages worldwide since its release. In the U.S. alone, the trilogy has sold over 32 million copies in e-book and print making it one of the fastest selling book series ever.