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’50 Shades of Grey’ Getting a Summer 2014 Release?

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You either love ‘50 Shades of Grey‘ or you’re dreading the day when this ‘Twilight’ fan fiction turned movie will hit the big screen. Regardless, after what seems like forever since the idea for the film version was first announced, E.L. James might finally see her masterpiece in theaters as soon as next summer.

We’ve been hearing a lot from various actors and actresses about unofficially throwing their names into the casting pool for the ’50 Shades of Grey’ movie without much real updates on the film’s production. Well, now we finally have something to go on as Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson chatted with The Hollywood Reporter on some of the studio’s upcoming projects.

When THR asked for an update on ’50 Shades of Grey,’ referencing how some believe the project isn’t moving fast enough to capitalize on the buzz, Fogelson said:

I certainly understand why some people might take that point of view. But I don’t believe that [E.L. James] had any interest in going to a studio where rushing it into production was the vision. I don’t believe that the second or third film would have benefited from that strategy. And I think that there are totally legitimate questions about what this book is as a movie. I will tell you that it is an absolute priority for us. It’s conceivable that we could be ready to release it as early as next summer.

This highly tentative release date is only plausible, of course, if the primary cast is nailed down in a timely fashion, and we all know how many articles there are out there about a random star throwing his or her name in the pot. Aside from James Deen (of porn fame) and Bret Easton Ellis’ campaign to land the ‘Canyons‘ star the lead role of Christian Grey, Mila Kunis has most recently said she’s “not disinterested” in a part (which sounds like a yes to us, right?).

What do you think? Who do you want to see cast in a ’50 Shades of Grey’ movie? If you have no idea what the heck we’re talking about, click the link below for our handy, and ever-so-enjoyable guide to the phenomenon.

Our Guide to 50 Shades of Grey

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