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"Fifty Shades of Grey" to get "The Social Network" treatment

BDSM e-book goes viral and becomes blockbuster E.L. James' "Fifty Shades" trilogy started off as a popular independently distributed e-book, but quickly became a viral hit Amazon's Kindle Store and the social network Goodreads. The sexually explicit book took the crown of bestselling book in the U.K. from J.K. Rowling's entire 7-book Harry Potter series. AP/Vintage Books

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - The team that brought you "The Social Network" is getting ready to tackle "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Universal Pictures and Focus Features said in a joint statement Monday that Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will reteam for the film adaptation of the first book in the best-selling trilogy of erotic novels  by E. L. James.

The multimillion-selling books tell the story of an unworldly college student engaging in an unusual romantic relationship with a wealthy young businessman.

They have been called "mommy porn" for their sexual content and large female following.

Although Angelina Jolie has been rumored to be in the running to direct the film, there has been no official word on a choice of helmsman or cast.

Tell us, who would you like to see portray Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey?

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