Will The New '50 Shades' Book Become A Movie?

It's been about thirty seconds since anyone in my immediate vicinity references Fifty Shades of Grey, so I consider it my journalistic duty to get it back in the conversation — there is going to be another Fifty Shades book from Christian Grey's perspective in the series, so now I'm wondering if it will be made into a movie. This version will be titled Grey, and will follow the same timeline and cover the same events as the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, which was told from the perspective of the female protagonist, Anastasia Steele. As we all know, that book was turned into a movie, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, with the same treatment planned for the second and third books in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

Author E.L. James announced the release on Monday via Twitter, writing on the first page of the book that it's "dedicated to those readers who asked ... and asked ... and asked ... and asked for this," and revealing the release date as Jun. 18, which, fittingly, is Christian Grey's birthday. It's also very soon, so, if you're one of the fans of the series who's been on the edge of your seat about this, you don't have much longer to wait before getting Christian's perspective on every... loin-tingling moment.

So with the release date (no pun intended) on the calendar, all there is left to do is speculate over whether Grey will be making its way to theaters in addition to bookshelves. We don't have any official confirmation from James or Universal Studios yet one way or the other, but, based on the amount of money the first movie raked in, it would be inconceivable to me that they wouldn't want to capitalize on that. Fifty Shades of Grey 's budget has been estimated at around $40 million, and the film made $569 million worldwide. Unless everyone involved hates money and success, I imagine they'll stick with this same formula as long as they can, and fans won't have to worry about running out of material for a long long time.

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