Fifty Shades of Grey First Pitched as a TV Series

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
Fifty Shades of Grey First Pitched as a TV Series

The highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the controversial novel written by E.L. James, is set to come out in February 2015. But for one cable network, the project would have been more suited as a TV series. In a recent press panel held on Friday, July 11, 2014, Chris Albrecht, the CEO of Starz, said that the racy theme of “Fifty Shades of Grey” was actually first pitched for adaptation on television. Read on to learn more about this story.

Albrecht said that he already saw how the TV version for the novels would play out, giving one season for each of the book’s three series. Since the network doesn’t shy away from graphic sexual content, with a hit series like “Spartacus” featuring sexual themes, then “Fifty Shades of Grey” would fit right into its programming. “Spartacus” aired on Starz between 2010 and 2013.


The network boss said that doing book series adaptations for TV makes better sense because telling the story would not be time constrained.

“You don’t have to worry about box office, you don’t have to worry about a rating, you can tell the story the right way,” explained Albrecht in his pitch, as published in the report by Entertainment Weekly.

Unfortunately, Starz wasn’t able to push forward with their plans for adapting “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but it is coming out with “Outlander,” which is based on Diana Gabaldon’s novels. Like “Fifty Shades,” the theme for this series explores sexuality; and as was his original plan, “Outlander’s” story will be told one season per book series.

The network executive also expressed confidence about how television writing has evolved, saying that pretty soon, it will be edging out the film industry with the way stories are produced and delivered on the small screen.

“But movie people think things should be movies, and authors think things should be movies. Because up until recently, movies have been the Tiffany jeweled crown. And certainly from what I see you people writing, that seems to be changing,” said Albrecht in the same report.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is scheduled to come out around Valentine’s in 2015. The movie stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. “Outlander” will air on Starz beginning August 9, 2014.

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