‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ movie recruits ‘Social Network’ producers

Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, producers of 'The Social Network', sign on for 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

The eagerly-anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey now has producers.

Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti have been recruited following meetings with E.L. James, the British author of the erotic novels, and film studios Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Universal and Focus secured the rights to the best-selling trilogy in March for a reported $5 million (£3.2 million).

Producers DeLuca and Brunetti previously worked together on The Social Network and are currently overseeing a new Tom Hanks film called Captain Greengrass. DeLuca also has production credits on Moneyball, Fright Night and The Love Guru.

Universal Pictures co-chairman Donna Langley said that Deluca and Brunetti’s credits “more than exemplify what we need in creative partners”, explaining: “At its core, Fifty Shades Of Grey is a complex love story, requiring a delicate and sophisticated hand to bring it to the big screen.”

Since being published last year, Fifty Shades Of Grey has become notorious for its explicit sexual content and controversial portrayal of a relationship involving BDSM. The three novels in the series have now sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

Several actors have already been linked to the big screen adaptation, including former Lost actor Ian Somerhalder and teen stars Ashley Benson and Lucy Hale. Last week (July 2), Hale addressed rumours that she could star in the film, saying: “I’m definitely ready to explore a darker side of my acting abilities.”