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Fifty Shades of a Porn Lawsuit: Universal Suing Over XXX Adaptation of E.L. James' Novel

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 29, 2012 at 6:24PM

"Fifty Shades of Grey: a XXX Adaptation," from Smash Pictures and James Lane, is a porn adaptation of E. L. James' uber-popular novel that is in development at Universal.
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"Fifty Shades of Grey: a XXX Adaptation," from Smash Pictures and James Lane, is a porn adaptation of E. L. James' uber-popular novel that is in development at Universal. The studio is now suing the porn house for its "willful attempt to capitalize on the reputation of the book," to which Universal owns the movie rights (to the tune of $5 million).

In LA Weekly's quasi-review of the "XXX Adaptation," they assert:"While parodies are the only way adult film studios can make any money these days, making a 'Fifty Shades' version is truly the only way to put the three erotic novels on film in their BDSM glory without MPAA censorship and film industry finger-wagging."

Smash's Stuart Wall also points out that their version will stay "very true" to the book, whereas Universal will inevitably go mainstream. They have a point. But Universal bought the rights.

THR has more.

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