Reporting Leigh Ann Adam
Two of the brains behind the huge success of the story of Facebook and it’s creator Mark Zuckerberg, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, will work together again on the adaption of the steamy best-seller ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features grabbed the rights to the super successful novel by E.L. James for $5 million in March. With over 31 million e-book and print copies sold world wide, the story of a torrid love affair between a college student and a handsome billionaire has a great chance to be a blockbuster at the box office.
Both producers are known for their work on adaptations. De Luca and Brunetti collaborated with producer Scott Rudin on Social Network, based on the nonfiction book The Accidental Billionaires. De Luca also produced last year’s hit baseball movie Moneyball based on the book of the same name.
“At its core, Fifty Shades of Grey is a complex love story, requiring a delicate and sophisticated hand to bring it to the big screen,” said Universal co-chairman Donna Langley in a statement. “Mike and Dana’s credits more than exemplify what we need in creative partners, and we’re glad to have them as part of our team.”
No release date has been set.