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Fifty Shades of Grey Film Rights Sold

Erotica author E L James has sold the film rights to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy to Universal Pictures. Focus Features will partner with the studio to market and distribut the the film.

Fifty Shades of Grey began as Twilight fan fiction but became an unexpected hit with readers around the country. Follow the links below to follow the book’s journey from fanfiction.net to a major film deal.

Only one question remains: how will they adapt the X-rated book? Focus Features CEO James Schamus had this statement in the release: “At its core, this is a romance of the most emotionally resonant, but delicate, order — and we look forward to working with our colleagues at Universal to transform E L James’ vision into a great film.”

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Anne Hathaway to Star in ‘One Day’ Adaptation

oneday.jpgThe novel One Day just hit U.S. bookshelves today in a Vintage Books trade paperback, but Random House Films and Focus Features are already preparing to shoot the adaptation on July 12.

David Nicholls‘ book topped bestseller charts in the U.K., and the film version will star Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. It will be directed by Lone Scherfig–the director of the Academy Award-nominated film, An Education. Nicholls has written the screenplay and theatrical release is scheduled for 2011.

Focus CEO James Schamus had this comment: “Focus has enjoyed tremendous success over the years with great love stories such as this one. David’s tale is a romance for our times, and Lone’s senses of compassion and humor will have audiences laughing and crying with Emma and Dexter.”