Porn version of Fifty Shades has lawyers all steamed up

Universal Studios sues Los Angeles company that made a 'rip-off' of EL James's erotic trilogy

LAST UPDATED AT 14:32 ON Fri 30 Nov 2012

THE MAKERS of a porn movie inspired by the bestselling erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey have been sued by the Hollywood studio that bought the film rights to the books.

Universal Studios has filed a copyright lawsuit against Los Angeles-based Smash Pictures, the company behind Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation. It claims the adult film uses "dialogue, characters, events, story and style" lifted directly from EL James's novels about the steamy affair between a literature student and a young billionaire, says The BBC.

Universal, which owns the film rights to books that have sold more than 40 million copies since the first was published in 2011, calls it "a rip-off plain and simple".

The lawsuit seeks "unspecified damages and an injunction" and aims to recoup any profit from sales of the XXX Adaptation movie.

Smash Pictures is reported to be making two more Shades movies and one of its subsidiaries has launched a "play kit" of kinky sex toys called Fifty Shades of Pleasure, says The Daily Telegraph. Smash Pictures could not be contacted for comment.

Universal and its Focus Features division spent $5 million in March buying the rights to make Fifty Shades movies. Last month it announced the film would be written by the British TV screenwriter Kelly Marcel, best known for the hyped - but quickly cancelled - sci-fi series Terra Nova, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The first official – ie Universal - Shades of Grey movie is being overseen by the producers of The Social Network and there has been furious speculation over who will play the book's hot-to-trot protagonists Anastasia Steel and Christian Grey. Mila Kunis and Ryan Gosling have both been touted as candidates. Universal says it will make two sequels too. · 

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