Look out, Gus Van Sant! Word is there's a new director circling the long-simmering "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation. And that guy is "Anna Karenina" helmer Joe Wright. Man, that’s one classy pick, and that’s kind of what the studio is going for.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that no deal is in place, yet, but he’s the likely choice to add some sophistication to the sexy flick. Joe’s other credits include “Atonement,” “Hanna” and “Pride & Prejudice.” With Joe in the lead to direct, it seems all that’s left is casting the flick’s kinky leading man and woman.
Given how often he’s worked with newlywed Keira Knightley, we would have put money on the fact that she may play the titular role of Anastasia. But she’s already said she won’t be in the flick. Then again, that was before Joe was attached to the project.
And “Arrow” star Stephen Amell, who once revealed he's taken meetings about playing Christian, has confirmed that he's no longer is contention. “Was on a flight yesterday evening back to LA with no movie, so I grabbed 50 Shades of Grey and burned through it,” he wrote earlier this week. "Ummm... I hope they get the movie made, and I'm sure someone will be excellent in it. That person will not be me."