Fantastic news for “Fifty Shades Of Grey” fans. While the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel may not have any actors attached to it yet, it finally has a release date. Focus Features took to their Facebook on Thursday to announce that the North American release of “Fifty Shades Of Grey” will open in theaters on Aug. 1, 2014.
“The global release of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ will start in North America on Friday, August 1st, 2014 with opening dates around the world to be announced,” reads the statement. “The Focus Features domestic theatrical release will be in theaters nationwide. Universal Pictures International is releasing the movie in the rest of the world.”
The release date announcement comes a week after Sam Taylor-Johnson was revealed to be directing the highly anticipated movie. Taylor-Johnson will be working alongside Kelly Marcel, who is adapting the novel into a screenplay, and Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who are producing the film alongside author E.L. James.
Despite the release date, fans are still waiting on casting news. The rumor mill has been working on overdrive as names like Ian Somerhalder, Robert Pattinson and Stephen Amell have all been linked to the coveted role of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey. As for Grey’s submissive lover, Anastasia Steele, names like Lucy Hale, Nina Dobrev and Alexis Bledel have been tossed around.
“I am excited to be charged with the evolution of ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ from page to screen,” Taylor-Johnson told E! News. “For the legions of fans, I want to say that I will honor the power of Erika’s book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia. They are under my skin, too.”
Universal Pictures and Focus Features also hold the rights to the other books in the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” trilogy, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”