Universal Studios Sues Over Fifty Shades of Grey Porn Adaptation, Are XXX Parodies In Jeopardy?

| December 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

The Tony Batman’s A Entertainment News asks this question, Bad timing, Bad luck, or Bad Business? Why would Smash Pictures get picked on when the XXX Parody market is probably the biggest market in the Adult Movie Industry?  We are guessing this might be the turning of the worm for parody movies and this could change the game…. Read All About What Happened Below…..

From  HollywoodReporter.com – After snapping up film rights for $5 million, Universal is upset over a porn movie it says is a “rip-off, plain and simple.”

The copyright owner of the mega-selling book, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Universal Studios, which owns movie rights, aren’t happy with a porn film titled Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation.

The EL James novel published in 2011, followed by a pair of sequels, tells the steamy tale of a literature student who meets a young billionaire entrepreneur. The two characters can’t resist each other. Erotic passions ensue. There’s even some bondage.

A natural porn film?

Smash Pictures and director James Lane (aka Jim Powers) evidently thought so. But the makers of Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation now are being taken to court over what the plaintiffs call a “willful attempt to capitalize on the reputation of the book.”

Universal and its Focus Features division spent $5 million in March to acquire rights to make Fifty Shades of Grey movies. Last month, it was announced that the writer of the authorized film version is Kelly Marcel, who somewhat coincidentally knows a thing or two about rights issues, having previously written Saving Mr. Banks, which detailed Walt Disney’s 20-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ novel Mary Poppins.

A porn parody of Fifty Shades isn’t too surprising. Last summer, L.A. Weekly reviewed the potential porn film of the book franchise, saying, “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.”

Want to bet?

In that same article, Smash exec Stuart Wall gave the publication a quote, saying, “Since they are going to make a mainstream [film] of the books too, dabbling in the adult world, we’re choosing to go with a XXX adaption which will stay very true to the book and its S&M-themed romance.”

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