News Bits: Grey, Youth, 80, Reckoners, Lord

Fifty Shades of Grey
The film adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become the fastest-selling R-rated title in the ticket seller’s fifteen-year history. It is also scoring the biggest first week of ticket sales on Fandango for a non-sequel film since the first “The Hunger Games”.

‘Shares’ is already topping the previous R-rated advance ticket first week sales figures of the previous record holders “Sex and the City 2,” “The Hangover Part II,” “The Hangover Part III” and “Gone Girl”. [Source: Fandango]

Testament of Youth
Sony Pictures Classics have announced that they have acquired the rights in North America, Latin America and Asia to the true life World War I romance tale “Testament of Youth”.

The story chronicles one woman (Alicia Vikander) and her journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again as her fiance (Kit Harington) and all her friends leave to fight on the French Front during WWI, prompting her to enlist as a nurse and witness the horrors of war first hand. Hayley Atwell, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Colin Morgan and Taron Egerton also star. [Source: SPC]

The Reckoners
20th Century Fox has scored the film rights to Brandon Sanderson’s young adult fantasy books series “The Reckoners”. Shawn Levy’s Fox-based 21 Laps will produce with the deal for the first two books in a planned trilogy

Things kick off when a burst in the sky gives ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics, but with incredible gifts came the desire to rule. The action follows The Reckoners, a shadowy group of ordinary humans who study the weaknesses of the Epics and then assassinate them. [Source: Deadline]

80 Dollar Champion
Screenwriter Brenda Herrold is set to pen MGM’s film adaptation of the true story of Snowman, a Long Island plow horse who escaped the slaughterhouse to become a champion show jumper in the 1950s. The film will be based on the 2011 NY Times bestseller by Elizabeth Letts. [Source: Deadline]

Christ the Lord
Focus Features says the film adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Christ The Lord” will open March 11th 2016, twelve days earlier than planned. Christ The Lord is a fictional account of young Jesus as he comes to discover his real identity and the truth surrounding his birth. [Source: Deadline]