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Major Hollywood book to film rights deal for “Fifty Shades of Grey”

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Who says romance doesn’t sell in Hollywood? “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a bestselling erotic romance novel trilogy, with BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) elements, reportedly has sold to Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The X-rated book series was inspired by the hugely popular “Twilight” book saga and is written by British author E. L. James. The romance is about a female college student and a young intriguing billionaire who has some dark sexual desires. The  other two novels in the series are ” Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”

Deadline.com is reporting that the price tag is in seven figures, probably in the neighborhood of $3 million. There was apparently a bidding war for this book series with as many as 10 Hollywood studios throwing down money on the table for it. Deadline has some details on that here.

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