‘Fifty Shades’ News Roundup: Producers, Christian’s Countenance And A Parody

Kate Kavanagh better reserve several column inches in today’s edition of the student newspaper because “Fifty Shades of Grey” scoops are dominating the wire. (Heh.) From production news to musical parodies, here’s what’s happening in the world of E.L. James’ naughty novel:

Producers In Place
Though the big-screen adaptation of the best-seller is in its earliest stages, Universal Pictures can check one big item off of its to-do list: securing producers. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who worked together on the Oscar-nominated “The Social Network,” are re-teaming to bring Christian and Ana’s story to life. A director will be the next likely acquisition before casting the lovers can begin. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Christian Composite
Speaking of casting our favorite billionaire BDSM enthusiast, it seems everyone has their own mental image of what Christian Grey should look like. But now, an academic has put fans’ fantasies to good use, creating a composite of the comely leading man. Dr. Faye Skelton of the University of Central Lancashire In England used descriptions 12 women gave to a radio station (many of whom cited celebrities) to mock up the mug. The result? A cross between a “Top Gun”-era Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt and Rodney from those Ocean City, Maryland, commercials. His eyes are a little close set for my taste, but overall, he’s not a bad-looking man. (via BBC News)

Musical Parody
“Fifty Shades” send-ups are nothing new (am I right, Selena Gomez?), but the latest one from AVbyte is fun enough that we thought it worth sharing. The musical follows three different readers: the bored housewife, the disgusted feminist and the secretly-enjoying-it man. Don’t pretend you can relate, dudes. (via Entertainment Weekly)

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What’s your take on all the “Fifty Shades” news? Are you satisfied with the producer picks? Do you think the Christian composite is spot on? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!