The good news for Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James (real name Erika Leonard) just keeps on coming. Recently it was reported that she is earning as much as $1 million per week due to the sales of her once upon a time Twilight fan-fiction, and now a new revenue stream is going to be under-way – there is a deal in place to produce a Fifty Shades of Grey movie, with Michael de Luca and Dana Brunetti signed up in the drivers’ seats.
The pair were behind the transformation of book The Accidental Millionaires into eight time Oscar nominee The Social Network, so they have a great history in this sector. It is probably that experience that netted them the deal this time around, and speculation is already rife about who might step up to fill the main roles. Some of the names being tossed around when it comes to the role of Anastasia Steele are Kristen Stewart, due to her Twilight connection, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and Amanda Seyfried.
The film is sure to be just as racy as its novel counterparts, and the role of Christian Grey will be hotly contended: predicted so far are Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Alexander Skaarsgard and, rather more out of the ballpark one suspects, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake (neither of whom really look as if they would be able to play a powerful billionaire into sadomasochism and bondage). When speaking about the actors in the running, Leonard herself said “No one ruled is out … no one is ruled in. Just so you know,” going on to add that “I have about four people in mind for Ana and three for Christian, but I’m not telling anyone what they are because I’m not allowed to discuss the movie at all which is a real shame.”
No matter what happens, we can predict right away that it will see huge ticket sales.