Charlie Tango Takes Flight!

Just can’t imagine how exciting it is for E L James and Team Fifty to witness this popular Fifty Shades of Grey “character” taking flight. Not to mention how much fun Jamie Dornan must be having on set. Boys and their toys…

Love the logo treatment the production team came up with as well.

Source: Michael De Luca

Danny Elfman Set to Score “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Team Fifty’s Michael De Luca recently confirmed that Danny Elfman will be the composer for the movie adaptation of E L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey.

Elfman’s impressive resume includes four Oscar nominations, three Golden Globe nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Grammy win for Best Instrumental Composition for 1989′s Batman, as well as numerous other nominations and awards. You can check them all out here.

The multi-talented composer/score producer/conductor/lyricist will be teaming up again with Tim Burton for Big Eyes and also has DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman coming up.

Welcome, Mr. Elfman!

Michael De Luca Discusses “Fifty Shades of Grey” Movie Adaptation

Photo credit: Austin Hargrave

What a great picture!

During a discussion at the PGA breakfast for producers held during Sundance, Team Fifty’s co-producer had this to say about “navigating tricky projects” like Fifty Shades of Grey

“Obviously, the movie can’t be as explicit as the book,” De Luca said. “The book is explicit by design because the author wanted to go inside the head of Ana — the female lead — and detail her experience. On the literary level, that was necessary. But in a film or any visual medium, a picture is worth a thousand words. To be erotic onscreen is going to have more power than to read the words on a page.”

He added that adapting the book was easier for him than it was for author EL James. “We had to lose some stuff. We had to create some stuff,” he said. “Because with the dramatic arc, it’s a two-hour, three-act structure. … Charlie Hunnam [who dropped out of the production] wanted certain things for his character in the adaptation.”

According to the article, Mr. De Luca said that he was inspired by Adrian Lyne, whose movies are “classy and erotic without being exploitative.”

We love Mr. De Luca’s continued candidness about the process of bringing “Fifty Shades of Grey” to the big screen, as well as his passion for the project.

(You can read the rest of the article written by THR‘s Tatiana Siegel here.)

With no casting news for Ethan Kavanagh, Paul Clayton, and especially Carrick Grey, could it be that these characters are also part of the stuff they had to lose? My co-admin, kitt, likes to send theories to me in a sealed envelope (aka email) and recently suggested that perhaps Christian’s mom, Grace, will be a widow in the movie adaptation. Do you have any theories of your own?

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Still On Track

Obviously, the recasting of Christian caused a blip (pun intended) on our radar screen. In an exclusive interview with E!, Fifty Shades of Grey co-producer Michael DeLuca had some very calming/positive words for FSoG fans about the movie’s status.

About Dakota Johnson…

“She’s just so Anastasia Steele. She’s the best partner a producer could have.”

“She’s helping us look through the candidates to see which chemistry kind of captures our attention.”

About Christian Grey casting…

“We’re looking on your website, we’re looking under rocks in Zimbabwe, in space, on the moon. We’re looking everywhere, but I think in a couple weeks it will be announced and everything will be cool.”

About the U.S. release date…

“We’re on track. The release date [Aug. 1, 2014] is preserved and we’re gonna kind of keep going.”

About the fans…

Q: Were you shocked that everybody had such an outcry, that it got so much attention, and how close are you to recasting?

“You know, I’m not shocked because I’m part of fandom too. Like, I love my Iron Man and my Marvel comics and I’m a geek comic book collector, so I get rabid fans. And I love the books and I respect the fans. I knew there was going to be tons of attention, and there still is, on everything we do. But we’re just kind of moving on. I think there’ll be an announcement in the next few weeks. I’m excited to unleash a new Christian Grey on the world.”

E! caught up with DeLuca at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards, where he was being honored with the Hollywood Producer Award. Congratulations, Mr. DeLuca!

  • Captain Phillips supporting actor Oscar hopeful Barkhad Abdi presented the Hollywood Producer Award to Michael De Luca, who co-produced that film and many others including The Social Network and Moneyball. The Somali-born actor, who was a complete unknown prior to the release of the hit film, called De Luca, “Someone who truly helped change my life.” De Luca, in turn, acknowledged his producing partners Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti and heaped praise on the film’s director, Paul Greengrass: “I am standing here because of all the work he did.” Source: THR

Having recently seen Captain Phillips, it will be a shock if Barkhad Abdi doesn’t get an Oscar nod for his role in the movie. The same goes for Tom Hanks in the title role. The movie is fantastic and a must see. Learn more about this movie based on heroic true events here.

Just one more reason to continue being proud to have DeLuca and Brunetti on Team Fifty… They know how to make a good movie.

You can read E!’s complete interview and watch a video clip here.

It’s A Date! Fifty Shades of Grey To Hit Theaters 8/1/14

Courtesy of Fifty Shades Of Grey The Movie Facebook

(How seriously cute is that graphic?!!)

We knew that once a director was brought on board Team Fifty that things would start happening!

E L JamesE L James ‏@E_L_James2h

Good morning all. Hot news – we have a release date! http://on.fb.me/11OjI0p 

Press release via Official Fifty Shades Of Grey The Movie Facebook page…

The global release ofFifty Shades of Grey will start in North America on Friday, August 1st, 2014 with opening dates around the world to be announced. The Focus Features domestic theatrical release will be in theaters nationwide. Universal Pictures International is releasing the movie in the rest of the world.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the highly anticipated film adaptation of E L James’ #1 bestselling book. Fifty Shades of Grey has been adapted into a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the movie version alongside Ms. James.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.Fifty Shades of Grey has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.

Fifty Shades of Grey (first published in 2011) follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series,Fifty Shades Darker (2011) and Fifty Shades Freed (2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship. For more information please see the officialFifty Shades of Grey Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fiftyshadesofgreymovie.

Focus Features and Focus Features International (www.focusfeatures.com) comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world.

With casting right around the corner, have your favorites for Christian and Ana changed?

Producers Brunetti and De Luca Talk ’50 Shades’ with CNBC

CNBC’s Squawk Box spoke with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, co-producers of the upcoming movie adaptations of E L James’s best-selling Fifty Shades trilogy, on yesterday morning’s program.

When co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked the team if the erotic book would need to be R-rated, De Luca had this to say:

“That’s correct. The challenge is similar to adapting from any medium. We’re going to treat this like adapting from Ben’s [Mezrich] books or any books or adapting from a play or comic book or magazine article. Anything that’s not film, you get into a process of adaptation, and we’re just going to kind of bring the same criteria to the adaptation of this. Obviously with this, when you’re dealing with something that’s found such incredible mainstream success, you want to preserve everything that’s wonderful about it. The success of this has certainly been breathtaking, and we’re going to honor that in our quest for the perfect adaptation.”

But perhaps the most promising part of the interview came when co-host Joe Kernen asked the following:

“When I think about it, what I know about Fifty Shades of Grey is the b&d and s&m stuff, so I don’t know anything about the plot…. Can you do it in an R-rated fashion…and the plot is good enough to where you don’t have to do porn to make people want to see it?”

To which De Luca replied:

“You should definitely read the book. It’s a beautiful, earnest love story. It’s a ‘first love’ love story. A young love story. And that’s the kind of engine that drives the whole enterprise. It’s really about the arc of a relationship, and that I think will be easy to preserve and must be preserved in any compelling film adaptation.”

We keep saying that we have faith in E L James doing what’s best for her story, her characters, and her fans, especially since she fought to have a voice in the collaboration process. This interview goes a long way in confirming that our faith is not misplaced. It’s easy to see that Brunetti and De Luca “get it.” We’re confident that everyone involved is working hard to find the right screenwriter and director to breathe life into the characters we’ve all come to know and love on the written page.

To watch the video of the interview, go here.

@Dana Brunetti, @Michael De_Luca, @SquawkCNBC

Fifty Shades of Grey Casting Rumors

…or rumours depending on which side of the pond you live on. However you spell it, the word still means the same thing.

Author tweet July 6, 2012:

We are so far away from casting the Fifty films … no-one ruled is out… no one is ruled in. Just so you know.

Co-producer tweet July 23, 2012:

All of the rumors on #FiftyShades are just that – rumors. No one has been cast in any role. We have to get a writer and director first.

Co-producer tweets July 23, 2012:

@teammattbomer @tsalcedo2 @DanaBrunetti no one’s been cast or even approached yet, all just rumors. writer and director first.

@MattBomer4CGrey @DanaBrunetti all just rumors, no cast has been approached. writer and director first.

Even Emma Watson wanted to set the record straight in an interview with Entertainment Weekly regarding rumors that she was in talks to play the role of Anastasia Steele.

“I haven’t read the book, I haven’t read a script, nothing. There are so many movies you become attached to when I’ve literally never even received a phone call. It was the same way with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – I never even saw a script!”

She went on to say, “The thing is, I’m not going to go out there every time someone attaches me to a film to say no or release a statement.”

Emma Watson fans may not want to rule her out completely though. One could read between the lines and hear a “Call me maybe.” ;)

But for all you Fifty Shades fans, here’s something that’s not a rumo(u)r. One can read the lines of the author’s tweet and see “films” instead of “film.” :)

Securing the Producers of Fifty Shades

As we knew, E.L. James and her agent, Valerie Hoskins, were Back in Hollywood sorting out the next step in the movie puzzle (one with 50 pieces, of course!) — the selection of a producer and/or producers.

Several well-known names were rumored to be on the short list, but according to Deadline.com, both Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti have been named producers to the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie. They have previously teamed up on The Social Network. (Tackling current phenomenon, from Facebook to Fifty Shades seems fitting in a way, doesn’t it?)

Mr. De Luca has worked on movies as vanilla as Pleasantville to as risque as Boogie Nights.

Ms. James’ approved of the choice expressing, “I am thrilled that Mike has joined Team Fifty. He brings a passion for and in-depth understanding of the characters and story, and a wealth of experience in making quality films.”

Sounds perfect to us!

Interestingly, the article goes on to address the rumor about Angelina Jolie being involved in the movie, stating “an informal conversation” had been held with her about directing. With the inclusion of this tidbit, we hope it means we’ll soon hear who has been chosen to direct the project!

Mr. De Luca and Mr. Brunetti, welcome to Team Fifty!