Various studios are reportedly in discussions for the film rights to the erotic E.L. James book “Fifty Shades of Grey” says The Hollywood Reporter.
The book began as a Twilight-inspired posting on a fan-fiction website before becoming a word-of-mouth eBook hit that scored a major reprint deal with Random House imprint Vintage. James, the author, is a former TV executive and mother of two from London.
Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros. and Fox 2000 among others are all interested in the sexually-explicit story about 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and 22-year-old virgin college student Anastasia Steele, who develop a relationship steeped in bondage, S&M, domination and submission.
An auction of film rights for the hot property will be conducted next week after various meetings take place.