‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ film to come out next summer (2014)

It'll open first in North America on August 1 but the UK release date has yet to be confirmed

The eagerly-anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey has finally been given a release date – though only across the pond.

“The global release of Fifty Shades of Grey will start in North America on Friday, August 1st, 2014 with opening dates around the world to be announced,” makers Focus Features revealed in a press release yesterday (June 27).

Universal Pictures and Focus Features picked up the screen rights to Fifty Shades Of Grey in March 2012 and the following October, British screenwriter Kelly Marcel was hired to pen the script. Last week (June 20) another Brit, Sam Taylor-Johnson (pictured right), was confirmed as director.

Fifty Shades Of Grey is the first in a trilogy of novels by EL James tracing the sexual relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and businessman Christian Grey. The original book was published in June 2011 and the series has now sold over 70 million copies worldwide.

The film’s leads have yet to be announced, leading to endless speculation online. Mila Kunis and Emma Watson were once considered frontrunners to play Anastasia, but both actresses have apparently ruled themselves out, while Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum and Henry Cavill have all been mooted as potential Christians.