Fifty Shades Movie Deal Secured

After a long weekend of several studios pitching their ideas to the author in an attempt to win her over for the rights to the Fifty Shades film, on Monday, March 26, 2012, reported that Ms. James had selected Universal Pictures and Focus Features.

In an interview with Valerie Hoskins, the author’s agent, she explained what led to their studio choice.

“I sent out a term sheet of what we wanted, and the priority was that somebody came back with something that was truly collaborative, rather than, we are going to buy your book and take it away from you. All of the offers fulfilled that to a degree, but the Universal offer fulfilled it 100%, and it was done with a sense of quiet confidence. We felt very safe, that what we were being offered would be backed up by the fine print. ”

-You can read the entire article here.

In a subsequent interview with, it was revealed that though the movie rights had been sold, Ms. James will maintain a role in the development of the movie every step of the way, including approving the script and cast.

While Universal is the more well-known name involved, just as a point of reference, we want to mention some of the movies that Focus Features has been involved with the distribution and/or production of according to Lost in Translation, Vanity Fair, Jane Eyre, One Day, Atonement, Pirate Radio, The Pianist, Pride & Prejudice (2005), and Something New.

It seems both the author and her agent were satisfied with their decision.

Were you surprised by the choice they made? Are any of your favorite movies associated with Universal or Focus Features?

10 thoughts on “Fifty Shades Movie Deal Secured

  1. I’m impressed with Icy’s strong, protective position in maintaining a role in decision making. This however doesn’t surprise me. Icy is not only a talented writer, she’s proven to be smart and savvy in order to see her dream come true. I mean, this is Universal Pictures and Focus Features, what’s not to like about that? What an honor.
    I can’t wait for more news surrounding this movie deal, and look forward to reading all about here.
    Well done girls, well done!

    • It was apparent early on that there was something special about this story…this author. I’m sure Hollywood is seeing it now too.


  2. Things really seem to be moving so fast!!! I mean that in a good way. :) I’m just so excited for her and will enjoy watching how this unfolds. The exposure is amazing…..even my non-Twi friends are talking about Fifty now! Amazing! Great job girls!

  3. What a great choice. With icy approving the script and casting, i am sure we WILL get an actor to fit Fifty perfectly.

    Icy, i am sooooooo excited for you. I wish you great success, love. I look forward to more of you writings.

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