British director Joe Wright has emerged as a favorite to direct the adaptation of E L James’ sex-soaked bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (Universal had no comment on the report.) Wright, 40, has ties with Universal and Focus Features, who ponied up $5 million for the movie rights, having directed four films for Focus: Anna Karenina, Hanna, Pride and Prejudice, and perhaps most promisingly for Fifty Shades fans, the Oscar-nominated Atonement. In the most stirring scene of the 2007 film, doomed lovers Keira Knightley and James McAvoy emit tremendous heat pressed up against the library shelf. It’s sparks like these that fans of tentative Anastasia Steele and her pathologically intense lover Christian Grey are hungry for in the adaptation. Watch the beginning of the scene below: READ FULL STORY »
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Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane isn’t even in bookstores yet, but EW can confirm that a film adaptation of the novel is already in the works. Playtone co-founders Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are closing a deal to adapt the story for the screen — and they’ve also snagged Atonement and Anna Karenina director Joe Wright to helm the project.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a dark modern fantasy set in the English countryside. Here’s how publisher William Morrow describes it:
“It began for our narrator 40 years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed — within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.
Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is an immense novel, not just in size, but reputation: It’s regarded by many as one of the best (if not outright the best) ever written in any language. So it follows that the first major feature film adaptation of the book since 1997 would look appropriately massive. Keira Knightley — reuniting with her Atonement and Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright – stars as the title Russian aristocrat who’s married to a major statesman (Jude Law) 20 years her senior, but violates the ironclad rules of social decorum by entering into an affair with the dashing calvary officer Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson). The new trailer is filled with opulent, Oscar-baiting costumes and art direction, but the most exciting thing about it may be the final image: a title card reading “Screenplay by Tom Stoppard.”
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