Fifty Shades of Grey just got a whole lot hotter. The rumor mill is steaming up with word that sexpot Angelina Jolie was approached to direct the film adaption of the best-selling erotica by author E. L. James.
The Hollywood Reporter gave a closer listen to the Tinseltown chatter.
THR checked out the chatter last weekend and sources said there may have been an informal conversation but that nothing was real, and reps for the actress-turned-filmmaker say there haven't been any talks with studio Focus Features (Focus also denied the rumor), reported THR. Still, bloggers are now starting to catch wind of the rumor and of course, in Hollywood, there's always the possibility that Jolie will come aboard.
Jolie made her directorial debut in February with In the Land of Blood and Honey, which follows the relationship between a Bosnian War solider fighting for the Serbs and a female Bosnian captive in the camp he oversees.
It would make some sense. Jolie, who made her directorial debut in 2011 with the well-reviewed war drama 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' and Focus is likely looking for a strong female voice to pair with the material, continued THR. Regardless, Focus and sister company Universal Pictures are still trying to find the right filmmaker to pair with the racy, somewhat controversial book by EL James. Those efforts are ongoing.
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Deadline also commented on the Angelina Jolie-directing rumor, noting, The studio says that no discussions have been had, but they note that if she was interested, that the studio would be also. They loved her directorial debut, In The Land Of Blood And Honey.
However, the blog added the conflicting report that Jolie is currently focused on her upcoming Disney film, Maleficent, and is not entertaining other offers at the moment.
Fifty Shades of Grey continues to heat up eReaders around the world with its steamy saga of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. E. L. James' S&M erotica novel sits perched atop The New York Times' bestsellers list, hitting its fourteenth week. The novel sold more than two million copies in April 2012 alone.
The book has been dubbed mommy porn, as it has attracted the likes of many middle-aged, married women.
It's completely and utterly overwhelming, James, whose real name is Erika Mitchell, told the Daily Mail of her success. I just wanted to tell a rollicking good story -- peppered with lots of sex. I always had vague hopes of being published, but everyone always tells you it won't happen.
When you fall in love, you have a lot of sex, she said, adding at least from what I remember. My book is a guilty pleasure.
James describes her novel as a romantic fantasy story that offers women a holiday from their husbands and every-day lives. The book's main characters, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, were inspired by Twilight characters Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.
So, it's no wonder that the Fifty Shades of Grey secured a multi-million dollar movie deal, in the neighborhood of $5 million, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Casting for the movie has already caused a buzz, despite the fact that no solid offers have been made. Many young Hollywood heartthrobs and starlets are rumored to be in the running for the coveted leading roles. Some names thrown into the ring thus far include Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Matt Bomer, Alexis Beldel, Chris Hemsworth and Emmy Rossum.