When Universal snapped up the rights to Fifty Shades Of Grey, they suggested they wanted to move forward quickly with the adaptation of the steamy BDSM romp. Kelly Marcell has been working on the script for a while, but it’s only now that the studio is closing in on a director.
Variety reports that while no deal has been made, Joe Wright is the man who’s currently in the frame to direct the movie version of EL James’ tome. While a bit of a departure from his period romps such as Anna Karenina, Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, he has a strong relationship with Universal and could be a good choice for the film.
It’s suggested the likes of Patty Jenkins, Bill Condon, Bennett Miller and Gus Van Sant were also considered, but Wright is the man the studio wants.
Once a deal is secured, the search will move from the director to finding actors to play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.