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'Fifty Shades of Grey' producers De Luca and Brunetti: A primer

July 09, 2012|By Steven Zeitchik
  • Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti previously collaborated on "The Social Network." Above, Justin Timberlake, left, and Jesse Eisenberg in the film.
Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti previously collaborated on "The… (Sony Pictures )

The heated competition to produce the film version of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” has yielded a winner, with producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti winning the prize gig. The pair, who will produce alongside James at Universal pictures/Focus Features, now will set about hiring a director and stars for the adaptation of the S&M literary sensation.

 Here are a few things to know about De Luca and Brunetti.

— The pair have a prestige pedigree, teaming on “The Social Network” in 2010, for which they were nominated for best picture. That’s continued with recent work — De Luca’s tony effort could be seen last year with “Moneyball” (also a best picture nominee). And Brunetti, like De Luca, is behind the upcoming Paul Greengrass-Tom Hanks drama "Captain Phillips," based on the story of a Somali pirate incident. So get the Oscar podium ready. Or something.

 — Brunetti is the producing partner of Kevin Spacey at the actor's Trigger Street Prods. In addition to “Captain Phillips,” Trigger Street recently produced “Safe,” the Jason Statham bloodfest.

— De Luca knows the "Fifty Shades" material firsthand. A bad-boy producer with a penchant for partying in the 1990s, he was involved in a notorious tabloid-ready incident involving a certain sex act at the home of Hollywood veteran Arnold Rifkin. He recently said his partying days were a cry for help.

—Youth will be served in the story of twentysomething ribaldry: At 39, Brunetti is one of the younger A-list producers out there. Born in 1965, De Luca had a wunderkind past that includes a senior job at New Line when he was 27 — incidentally, the same age as Christian Grey in the book.

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