With two more movies looming in the near future, it's unlikely that the fever for Fifty Shades of Grey will die down anytime soon. A fourth book is set for release this June, with the title Grey. It's unlikely that we'll get a movie adaptation of this particular tome, though. As it retells the exact same story as the original trilogy, only told through the eyes of Christian Grey.
Long kept a secret, and announced as a surprise for fans, Grey will be published June 18, the fictitious Mr. Grey's birthday. The novel is a means for readers to get inside the head of the S&M obsessed businessman, and will serve as a companion to the current film series. Vintage Books will publish the book in the States, with Random House UK releasing the follow-up to Anastasia Steele's exploits on the same day. About the surprise announcement, creator and author E.L. James states:
"Christian is a complex character, and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past. Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story. It's been a great pleasure to return to my happy place-writing, being with Christian and Ana in their universe, and working with the fantastic team at Vintage."
Even though the book will arrive as soon as this month, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group President Tony Chirico promises that even with all "the secrecy and immediacy of the publication," his company will "worked hard to ensure that the book will be well represented in the retail marketplace." Vintage Books is planning to release the novel as a trade paperback, and eBook, along with an audio book and Spanish language editions. Right now, Vintage, a division of Penguin Random House, has sold more than 125 million copies of the original trilogy, making it one of the most successful trilogies in publishing history. Fifty Shades Darker is set for release February 2017, with Fifty Shades Freed coming the following year in February 2018. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are set to return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele respectfully. At this time, there are no movie plans for Grey, but it may be an interesting approach to the works of E.L. James if a reboot/remake ever happens.