By AMC July 10, 2012

Universal Pictures and Focus Features have been in the early stages of development on the cinematic adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel “50 Shades of Grey” for months.

The book follows the story of an innocent college student Anastasia Steele and a young billionaire, Christian Grey and began, quite famously, as “Twilight” fan fiction.

In an interesting twist in the progression of this tale the team behind Oscar-nominated films such as “The Social Network” and “Moneyball,” Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, are officially on-board to produce the film.

James reportedly “personally picked the pair.”

"At its core, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is a complex love story, requiring a delicate and sophisticated hand to bring it to the big screen," said Universal Pictures Co-Chairman Donna Langley. “Mike and Dana’s credits more than exemplify what we need in creative partners and we’re glad to have them as part of our team.”

“Dana and I are both grateful and honored to be invited to join this team,” said De Luca. “We deeply respect and admire the kinds of films Donna, James and Jeb have been responsible for and are very excited to be joining Erika in a collaboration to bring her vision of this once in a lifetime, provocative and resonant love story to the screen.”

The “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 20 million digital and print copies and has evolved to be a controversial social phenomena just as the source of its inspiration, “Twilight,” was.

We will keep you updated as details on the project emerge.

Source: Coming Soon

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