Angelina Jolie is rumored to be in talks to direct the adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey. Earlier we reported that Universal had won the rights to this steamy three-book series for seven-figures. Deadline reports that Jolie is busy working on Disney's Maleficent at the moment, and no discussions have occurred at this time. Universal is interested in the idea, since they loved her directorial debut, In The Land Of Blood And Honey.
The plot traces the relationship between recent college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and manipulative billionaire, Christian Grey. Steele is required by Grey to sign a contract allowing him complete control over her life as well as a non-disclosure agreement, something that he's required from all of his previous submissives. Upon learning that she is a virgin, Grey agrees to have sex with her in order to prepare her for later encounters, fully intending that the contract would be signed. As she gets to know him, she learns that his sexual tastes involve bondage, domination, and sadism, and that childhood abuse left him a deeply damaged individual. In order to be his partner, she agrees to experiment with BDSM, but struggles to reconcile who she is (a virgin who has never previously had a boyfriend) with whom Christian wants her to be, his submissive and a to-do-with-as-he-pleases partner in his "Red Room of Pain".
This book has rocketed to the top of the New York Times and Amazon best-selling lists. What sets it apart from other books is that it is written from a womans perspective. I did not see Jolie's directorial debut, but her involvement would spark my interest in the project a bit more.
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