“Fifty Shades of Grey” explores an unusual erotic relationship between 27-year-old S & M practitioner billionaire Christian Grey and virginal college student Anastasia Steele. Later sequels “Fifty Shades Darker” (September 2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (January 2012) continue to examine the couple’s evolving relationship.
“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,” said Universal co-chairman Donna Langley, who once worked as De Luca's assistant at New Line, where he exec produced Paul Thomas Anderson's sexually candid "Boogie Nights." “Mike and Dana’s credits more than exemplify what we need in creative partners and we’re glad to have them as part of our team.”
“Michael De Luca is a dream producer, whose combination of vision, taste and fearlessness is the perfect match for Fifty Shades of Grey,” said Focus chief James Schamus.
De Luca and Brunetti are currently producing (along with "Social Network" producer Scott Rudin) Sony's Paul Greengrass true story "Captain Phillips," about a cargo ship captain held hostage by Somali pirates and rescued by Navy SEALs. At Fox, they are also developing "ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun," James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales' non-fiction expose.