Joe Wright Now the Top Contender to Direct 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?
Following news that director Gus Van Sant was making quite an effort to land Universal and Focus Features' joint production of the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, it appears the studios have decided to go in another direction. THR has word that Anna Karenina and Atonement director Joe Wright has emerged as the frontrunner for the erotic romance about an impending college graduate named Anastasia Steele, who strikes up an S&M romance with successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey, the physical and emotional dominant to her submissive personality. It would certainly bring class to the saucy adaptation. More below!
Wright already has a longstanding relationship with Focus since Anna Karenina, Hanna, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice were all made by the company. As of now, no deal is in place, and there may not be an offer, but the source indicated that it's only a matter of time before this becomes a done deal. Wright's hiring would beg the question as to whether he might bring frequent collaborator Keira Knightley in for the lead female role. The actress seems like a nice fit for the role, but Wright could just as easily give this opportunity to an up and coming actress as well. With the producers of The Social Network behind the film, we're interested to see what other talent boards the project. Stay tuned.