E.L. James 'plans to rewrite Fifty Shades from Grey's perspective'
S&M novelist may be planning new trilogy as American Psycho author declares interest in writing screenplay
THE WRITER of best-selling publishing sensation Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James, might be planning to capitalise on her success with a second trilogy revisiting the characters from her original novels.
The New York Daily News reports that "sources close to the British author", whose real name is Erika Leonard, say she is considering rewriting the bestselling trilogy - Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed – through the eyes of the novels' sadistic billionaire, Christian Grey.
The original books are written from the perspective of Anastasia Steele, a college graduate who submits to Grey's bondage-and-discipline fantasies out of love.
James's trilogy, which has sold 10 million copies since being published in 2011, is also in line for a screen adaptation. Universal Pictures acquired rights to produce the movie version, leading to much speculation about who will star in it and who will direct.
Angelina Jolie has reportedly expressed interest in directing, while American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has already started a Twitter campaign to bag the job of writing the screenplay.
Ellis's preferred cast, he revealed in tweets over the weekend, was Ryan Gosling as the emotionally damaged Christian Grey and Scarlett Johansson or Kristen Stewart as Anastasia. The Guardian reports that his choice of director would be David Cronenberg.
A new Fifty Shades book trilogy, if it comes to fruition, would no doubt rake in even more money for James, who has topped the UK and US bestseller charts. It would also keep the fans and media interested while they wait for the Fifty Shades movie. ·