The last "50 Shades of Grey" film news we reported on, was that director Gus Van Sant shot a test sex scene with actor Alex Pettyfer to showcase what he could do if he was helming the picture. Apparently the scene didn't help Van Sant become the frontrunner, as Universal and Focus Features reportedly have their eye on another director.
Joe Wright, known for his stylistic period pieces such as "Anna Karenina" and "Atonement", is their top choice to helm the E.L. James novel. This would make sense given his great relationship with the studio and his ability to get solid, intimidate performances from young actors.
In addition to Van Sant, the studio was considering Bill Condon, Bennett Miller, Patty Jenkins and Steven Soderbergh. While Wright is not officially signed on, an insider close to the production believes the deal will close, locking in Wright as the man to helm the controversial production.
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