There are speculations that Angelina Jolie is set to direct a movie version of the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The rumors even made it to headlines but sources close to the project said that there’s nothing concrete about the speculation.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features will make a movie adaptation of the best-selling erotic novel, which started as a Twilight fan-fiction. Hollywood has been buzzing as to who would direct, write and star in the movie.
This week, there were speculations that Angelina Jolie is going to be tagged to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. She has been one of Hollywood’s most provocative stars and has the combination of intelligence and sexiness. She has directed the Bosnian War drama In the Land of Blood and Honey that tackled a deeper and fraught relationship between a man and a woman. The book already has a scandalous reputation and with Jolie behind the scenes, it could make it more edgy.
But there are more reasons why Jolie will not be the director of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Universal and Focus are eager to get this project as fast as possible so that it can capitalize on the success of the trilogy. Jolie will be busy this summer and beyond as the evil lead in Disney’s Maleficent. While it’s true that Jolie has expressed the desire to direct another movie, the project she’s been focusing on is her own script about Afghanistan.
It looks like Jolie wants to spotlight social issues that she has been passionate about. For now, there are no discussions between the film outfits and her team about the possibility of her directing the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. According to sources, the studio is still looking for a producer and then a screenwriter. Only then they will look for a director.