Earlier this morning Universal Pictures announced the global release of Fifty Shades of Grey will begin in North America on Friday, August 1st, 2014. Other regions premier dates will be announced over the next few months.
Universal Pictures International will be releasing the movie to the rest of the world. We reported last week that Sam Taylor-Johnson will be directing the highly anticipated film adaptation. The movie will be based on the best-selling book from E L James. The story itself was adapted into a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the movie version alongside Ms. James.
The three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy were acquired by Universal Pictures last March 2012. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.
Fifty Shades of Grey (first published in 2011) follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, Fifty Shades Darker (2011) and Fifty Shades Freed (2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship.