Wowow! Remember the "next Fifty Shades of Grey," we discussed a few days ago? Beautiful Bastard, which started out as the Twilight-inspired fan-fiction hit The Office, and was written by Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings? Well, now, the book, which was released yesterday, is officially DESTINED to be huge. Because the film rights to the book have just been acquired by Constantin Film! And Jeremy Bolt, best known for producing the Resident Evil franchise, is attached to produce the adaptation. Ahh! Watch out, Christian Grey and Ana Steele -- Bennett Ryan and Chloe Mills are coming for you!
If you're not familiar with Bennett and Chloe, it looks like there's never been a better time to get familiar with the sexy couple in the erotic novel. Sorry, E.L. James, but the wildly inappropriate pair is about 100x more entertaining than Christian and Ana ...
Yep, that's right -- I said it. Although she matures and gets more confident, Ana grated on my last nerve with her insecurities, naivety, constantly lip-biting, oy ... And Christian -- ugh, what a pain in the ass (literally)! But Christina and Lauren's leading lovers, despite being totally over-the-top, are actually dynamic and likable. Maybe it's because the book is told from both characters' perspectives, so you get to understand both of their emotions in a more multi-dimensional way. Thus, the characters will most definitely be totally outrageous on-screen.
The leading man is going to have to be able to pull off being a bossy jerk and also a hopeless romantic, while the leading lady is calculated, ambitious and, oh yeah, also capable of falling so hard in love that she doesn't even realize it until she's in too deep. In other words, if done right, this will be fodder for actors like Ryan Gosling or Chris Hemsworth as Bennett and actresses like Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, or Emma Stone as Chloe.
Come to think of it -- Fifty Shades fans, you can keep your Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer, and Henry Cavill! Beautiful Bastard could very well be the rollicking, lustful screenplay that actually snags the bravest, boldest A-listers after all.
Does this news make you even more psyched to read Beautiful Bastard?
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