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.

Fifty Shades of National Book Lovers Day

Today is National Book Lovers Day, so of course we wanted to give a shout out to the three books that brought us all together . . . Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed.

NBLD bwThere doesn’t seem to be a National Movie Lovers Day, but with Team Fifty hard at work to bring us Fifty Shades of Grey in August 2014, we may need to campaign to start one!

Team 50

  • Dana Brunetti: Co-producer
  • Michael DeLuca: Co-producer
  • E L James: Author
  • Kelly Marcel: Screenwriter
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson: Director

We can picture the concession stand collector’s items already!

The Countdown To Fifty Shades of Grey Is On!

365 Days to FSoG

How did we get here?

We don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to watching this next year of the journey from print to screen to unfold!

Team Fifty Progress Report

 Delayed gratification — Resisting a smaller but more immediate reward in order to receive a larger or more enduring reward later.

While progress seems slow to anxious FSoG fans, there is progress nonetheless.

  • Producers Dana Brunetti and Michael DeLuca recently met with FSoG screenwriter Kelly Marcel.

Lunch with a couple of friends @MichaelDe_Luca &

Team Fifty Meeting

  • Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter released a Q&A with Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson, the movie studio bringing the books to the big screen. To read the complete article, which includes a possible summer 2014 release of the first installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, go here.

Q&A: Universal Chairman Wants ‘Fifty Shades’ for Summer 2014, More ‘Bourne’ and ‘Van Helsing’ Reboot 

 Retweeted by E L James
  •  With the author herself preparing for a trip to California, Fogelson’s reply to THR’s question about Angelina Jolie being asked to direct FSoG is even more compelling.

No. We’re involved in a different project [the World War II drama Unbroken] with her. But we have had really, really interesting, great conversations with talented, serious filmmakers.

Let’s face it. We’re talking about Fifty here. Would we really want anything less than large and enduring? *raises glass* Here’s to delayed gratification ;)

Fifty Shades of Grey Ratings Rumors

If this journey has taught us anything, it’s that the media loves to put a spin on things. They know that the FSoG fandom is hungry for information and what it takes to push our buttons.

We’re as excited as you are to hear about Team Fifty’s progress, so when online articles started to surface about interviews with Kelly Marcell, the screenwriter for the project, we eagerly clicked away and started reading. However, after reading, we went with our gut and decided this was another case of the media putting a spin on her words and waited before posting anything here. We’re glad we did.

Kelly Marcel took to Twitter to denounce using the word “raunchy” when talking about the FSoG script as well the NC-17 rating. (To read more about MPAA movie ratings, go here.)

@allimar17 @fiftyshadesfilm supposedly Kelly marcel used the word in the interview. Only going on what I read.

@bale4fifty @FiftyShadesFilm If @MissMarcel used ‘raunchy’ not the classiest of words. I’d prefer for the film to be tasteful.. Thoughts?

To be absolutely clear I NEVER said what the film would be rated. Only the ratings board can decide what the rating will be.

The age of Twitter has given us a vehicle of direct contact with Team Fifty. We are lucky that they are willing to respond to fans, allowing us to wisely use it for validation before buying into the media hype.
In addition to Team Fifty Twitter accounts (@E_L_James, @MichaelDe_Luca, @DanaBrunetti, and @MissMarcell), other great resources are @fiftyshadesUK (Fifty Shades Trilogy UK website), the author’s official website, and the new Fifty Shades Of Grey The Movie Facebook page [see sidebar for links]).
As the author has told us, this is an extremely slow process. With an unprecedented amount of buzz surrounding the movie adaptation, it’s understandable that fans are eager for things to get moving. However, we believe it’s a good thing that Team Fifty is taking their time. Christian and Ana’s epic love story deserves to be told right. We have complete faith that it will be worth the wait, so hang in there!
(A/N: THR also did a nice job covering the rumors, an article which the author supports. In it, co-producer Dana Brunetti reiterates, “The script isn’t even written yet, so how could we know how [the MPAA’s Classification and] Ratings Board will rate it?” Read more here.)

Fifty Shades of Grey Author E L James Announces Screenwriter

Please welcome the newest member of Team Fifty — Kelly Marcel!

E L James announced the news view Twitter:

Hi guys, I’m thrilled to announce we have a screenwriter for Fifty Shades of Grey. Details here: …

Below is an excerpt from the official Fifty Shades of Grey The Movie Facebook Page:

Universal Pictures and Focus Features today announced that Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay to the highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”  Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film based on E L James’ #1 Bestselling book, alongside James.  The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features’ Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus.

Marcel wrote the 2011 Black List script, Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ novel, “Mary Poppins,” and the rocky relationship that formed between the two.  The film is currently in production at Walt Disney Studios starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell with John Lee Hancock directing.  Marcel served as the co-creator and executive producer of the Amblin/FOX-TV series Terra Nova, for which she wrote the series’ pilot episode.  She will also produce The Madonnas Of Echo Park for HBO.

“Kelly’s work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humor and depth of character which is particularly visible in the celebrated screenplay for the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks,” said De Luca.  “We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelley’s engagement with the characters and world E L James has created and we knew she was the right person to augment our Fifty Shades family,” added Brunetti.

To read the entire article, please go here:

This is a huge step in the movie adaptation process. Congratulations to Team Fifty and to Kelly Marcel!

Fifty Shades Rumors: True or False?

#TeamFifty consists of @E_L_James @UniversalPics @FocusFeatures @MichaelDe_Luca and @DanaBrunetti.


As the producers have tweeted, meetings have been taking place with screenwriters. We would imagine they are close to making an announcement. However, both a screenwriter and a director need to be added to the team before official casting can begin according to producers Michael DeLuca and Dana Brunetti.


A fourth book, told from a much anticipated Christian’s point of view, is on the way. 


Author @E_L_James continues to graciously answer this question for #FSoG fans. Her mantra remains “Never say never.” But for now, the answer is no.


There is an official Fifty Shades Magazine.


The magazine on stands now is unofficial and unauthorized. While we love that some of our twitter tweeps are mentioned in it, and deservedly so, statements like “BOOK 4 ON THE WAY!” are not coming from Team Fifty.


@fiftyshadesUK announced the sale of a limited edition hardback set of the Fifty Shades trilogy in the UK, and it will soon be available in the US.


According to the author’s agent, there is a plan to make this happen. We should have details very soon!


Tweets regarding casting.

Bret Easton Ellis ‏@BretEastonEllis
Just got inside information that James Deen is actually in the running to play Christian in “Fifty Shades of Grey” with E.L. James support.

Bret Easton Ellis ‏@BretEastonEllis
“Fifty Shades of Grey” will be budgeted at 12-15 million and James Deen is on the list of actors to play Christian Grey according to source.


Michelle Brown @Michjan
@E_L_James Morning, for the fifty shades of grey movie is James Deen really gonna play Christian? I’m sorry but he doesn’t suit the part.

E L James @E_L_James
@Michjan News to me!!!

Michelle Brown @Michjan
@E_L_James I just saw that he had ur support to play the part of Christian but he’s not what u described in ur book. He’s not Christian.

E L James @E_L_James
@Michjan It’s just a rumour and it’s not true.

scarlett @gbcaramia
@BretEastonEllis @DarlasDesigns @E_L_James “James Deen is actually in the running to play Christian..” ARE U KIDDING ME? If so, I’m done.

E L James @E_L_James
@gbcaramia News to me… (sighs) @DarlasDesigns


Tweet regarding #FSoG screenwriter, budget, and casting Ana.

Bret Easton Ellis ‏@BretEastonEllis
Fifty Shades of Grey movie will DEFINITELY be written by a woman and the budget will be below 15 million. Ana will be played by an unknown.


There’s a 50/50 chance the screenwriter will end up being a woman ;)

No word on the budget, nor would we be the ones to have that information.

Pretty sure it goes without saying that casting has not begun, not that we are opposed to an unknown being cast.


Robert Pattinson will not be considered for the role of Christian Grey.


linda severdija ‏@lindas106
@karrobertson @latersbaby5050 the sad part @E_L_James does not want Rob to play Christian and it’s quite upsetting @FiftyShadesFilm

FiftyShadesFilm ‏@FiftyShadesFilm
@lindas106 No @E_L_James didn’t say that and has repeatedly said that was a misquote. @LatersBaby5050 @karrobertson
Retweeted by E L James

The bottom line is that no one has been ruled out because…say it with us now…it’s too early for casting ;)


@Noghar, husband of @E_L_James, has a new book (Crusher) available for presale. He discusses it and the fifty shades that now color their lives in a new article for The Guardian. 


Please see our previous post for complete details :)


We will continue to bring you official news as soon as it becomes available.


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