Bret Easton Ellis Wants to Adapt 'Fifty Shades of Grey' for Universal

June 11, 2012
Source: THR

Fifty Shades of Grey / Bret Easton Ellis

Chances are pretty good you've heard of Fifty Shades of Grey by now, and maybe you've even read a quick passage at a bookstore or an airport. The kinky erotic novels about a young female journalist and her S&M relationship with a billionaire began as Twilight fan fiction and have nearly reached Twilight levels of fervor among female readers, so Universal is teaming with Focus Features to bring the steamy action to the big screen. Now, THR reports that American Psycho writer Bret Easton Ellis is interested in writing the screenplay, and his team is actually meeting with the studio this week to discuss the possibility. Read on!

Last week, there was a rumor that Angelina Jolie was in talks for the director's chair, and this would have been her second feature after last year's In the Land of Blood and Honey. Turns out those talks were barely more than discussion at a party, so don't hold your breath for Jolie to take on this project. But if the controversial writer Easton Ellis has his way, who would he choose as the director?

He says David Cronenberg would be the perfect fit behind the camera, and he pegs Alexander Skarsgard for the role of Christian Grey. He also pointed to Scarlett Johansson and Kristen Stewart as possibilities for Anastasia Steele, but keep in mind this is basically just fantasy casting on his part since he hasn't secured the job yet. (And even if he did get the gig, he likely wouldn't have that great an impact on casting.) Still, for those who have read the books, it's gotta be fun to imagine who will end up being involved with the upcoming movie. The subject matter here actually seems well-suited to Easton Ellis' strengths, and with Focus Features doing the distribution and marketing, maybe they'll take a chance. Thoughts?

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He gets a thumbs down from me for his casting choices alone. Even if he can't influence them that much those choices get zero respect!

Ellen on Jun 11, 2012


I agree with his choice for Christian I also think this shouldn't be a movie but a HBO tv series. That's what I think.

Fabienne_watson on Jun 11, 2012


oh yes HBO series omg that would be amazing esp the end to book one imagine it...

Michelle Billington on Jun 11, 2012


Did Alex get married?!

peloquin on Jun 12, 2012


not a great writer

happy camper on Jun 11, 2012


which one? since the author of the book is likely worse than Stephanie Meyers 

Nelson Ortiz on Jun 11, 2012


This has to be a joke.

Brian Ricci on Jun 12, 2012


This is a true love story : Ellis is my favorite writer, I can see similarities between Patrick and Christian, also Kronenberg has a dark mind for BDSM, and finally Skarsgard was my fantasy all along while reading the Books ... besides, he loves Isabelle Hupert in the Pianist, which means he has a perfect mind for it. Universal people: here is a big potential for an adult movie : don't spoil it !!

Andrea on Jun 12, 2012


50 Shades of "PASS!"

Voice of Reason on Jun 12, 2012


More like 50 Shades of Gay, am I right??

Alan Trehern on Jun 12, 2012

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