’50 Shades of Grey’ And ‘Twilight’ Similarities: Will Any Legal Issues Affect the Making of the Film? (VIDEO)

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Numerous questions loom around the 50 Shades of Grey film -- who will star and direct the big screen adaptation are one of the biggest two in Hollywood.  But another pressing question remains: Will there be any copyright issues when the novel makes its move to the big screen?

EL James' erotic novel based on Twilight fan fiction features three books in its series, and some media experts and fans alike believe they follow Stephanie Meyer's romantic vampire tomes almost exactly. 50 Shades focuses on a recent college grad named Anastasia Steele; she enters into a dominant/submissive sexual relationship with a mysterious billionaire named Christian Grey.

Celebuzz's Amanda Hasaka and Socialite Life's Kelly Lynch sat down to discuss any potential issues that could surface when filming gets underway. Watch the video above.

We also solicited some other expert advice about any possible copyright infractions.

Celebuzz spoke to attorney Anthony Friedman of Los Angeles firm Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P, who said if any legal action were going to be taken against 50 Shades of Grey, it probably would have already happened.

“If there was an infringement on the copyright, or anything like that, out of the Twilight [books], when the Shades of Grey books came out, they would have stopped it at that point. So, as you move along and then take the book and put it down into a screenplay, by the time you’ve gotten to that point, that book is out there enough, and enough people have gotten it into the commerce and have seen it … If anybody would have had an issue, it would have already happened.”
Watch the video above for more.

Do you think that 50 Shades is too similar to Twilight? Sound off in the comments.

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  • Vivian Ray
    Vivian Ray

    THE AURTHER OR THE PROTOTYPE FOR THIS BOOK ROBRT AND KIRSTEN , IF THE MEDIA HAD NOT BEEN SO EAGER TO HAVE THEM THE PRODUCERS ANDE.L.JAMES COULD HAVE STOPED IT THERE CAN BE SOME LEDGAL ACTION BEHINE THIS . KIRSTEN AND ROBERT WERE LEADING THE CAST THEN OUT OF NOWHERE JOHNSON AND AND HUNNER, WHO WERE NOT IN THE CASTING GROUP, NOW THEY ARE STARTING , ANA IS PLAIN BUT GRAY SEE SOMRTHING MORE ANA CAN'T BELIVE A MAN THAT,.BEAURTFUL COULD FALL FOR HER AND HE IS SO RICH, THAT SOUND LIKE THE CULLIN'S TO ME.

  • Vivian Ray
    Vivian Ray

    50 shades of gray and twilight are one an the some of the same little saying. ANAIS PLAIN, .

  • Kimberly Jones
    Kimberly Jones

    well as it seems alot of people are saying the two are very similar with the sitution etc.. if they were smart for the fifty shades of gray movie, they would have kristen and rob play the roles

  • icecyl
    icecyl

    I totally agree with georgiamom. (I agree the writer keep a twilight in desk for reference) There is eerie similarity in their character's personality and their conversation to twilight. Or else, I wouldn't go through the trouble goggle for anyone out there who think they are similar.. And I m glad lots people actually had same opinion as me. The only difference between them it's one a vampire and one a sexual disoriented. 50 shades of grey seem to me more like a filling up the loop hole of twilight lack off-- SEX and REALITY-- seem like to me the writer probably loves the twilight but feel rather frustrated coz lack of sex in twilight thus, she comes out with 50 shades of grey which content more sexual. ( actually basically whole book) and realistic ( a businessman seem reachable than a vampire right? ) it like a bonus for adult reader of twilight..;)

  • Rie
    Rie

    50 shades of grey is a copy of twilight.. except for the vampire guy and kinky guy.. Come on, dangerous guys love helpless girls? however twilight has more story in it, like wider in scale than the shallow history of abuse from 50 shades. I got bored reading halfway the second and skipped most parts of book 3. anyway, it'll be fun to watch the movie though, maybe itll make the books more interesting

  • georgiamom
    georgiamom

    Read Fifty Shades books and just picked up Twilight series at a neighbor's garage sale. I about halfway through the first book. Found this article after an internet search "Fifty Shades of grey and twilight same story". I could not believe that someone had not picked up on that. didn't think about copyright stuff, but totally keep feeling like Fifty author had a copy of Twilight on his desk for reference on what to write next... Granted they are 'technincally' two different stories, but they are absolutely too close in too many ways to say there are no similarities!

  • Val Barnsley
    Val Barnsley

    If 50 Shades is made into a movie it would only work with unknown actors. Let's face it, none of the top celebs will want to be associated with such a turkey!

  • Bored Now
    Bored Now

    Well they are both badly written and I was bored by the 2nd book... that makes them pretty similar... and Im just guessing, but I have a feeling that the director is going to screw Fifty up just like they did with twilight, I mean seriously, how does anyone expect them to follow the book properly without slapping a XXX rating on it and calling it porn?

  • Jeremy
    Jeremy

    Characterization-wise James did so little as to toss out and change the names of the Twilight characters she wrote in 50 Shades. There is quite literally a counterpart character for each person in Twilight. Plot-wise, believe it or not, Twilight was actually more interesting...

  • AH
    AH

    Read all the books of each and still don't see any similarities. But Channing Tatum and Jennifer Gardner would be good picks.

  • Stefan
    Stefan

    Exactly, the families alone are so much alike. How Christian's siblings are adopted is a big one. His sister reminds me a lot of Alice in the way that she is bouncy, bubbly and excitable. Elliot has similarities to Emmet in the way he is so happy go lucky, and then the sexual tension between him and Kate. Then there is Kate (Rosalie) who is against Ana's relationship with Christian. I guess a lot of the similarities are small, but they are still there.

  • KP
    KP

    Kristin Stewart would be the wrong choice! She is part of the Twilight franchise and the similarities would ruin it for everyone - I think Katie Holmes would be such a perfect fit!!!

  • La Dame Morwen
    La Dame Morwen

    You're kidding, right? Fifty was originally written as a Twilight fanfic. You know what a fanfic is, right? How could they NOT have commonalities?! Christian and Ana reek of Edward and Bella...

  • Chantal
    Chantal

    Are you kidding me? they have NOTHING in common! 50 shades is about a girl in a dominant/submissive sexual relationship with the worlds most perfect (except for his childhood trauma) guy. the relationship later becomes romantic and the story evolves. twilight is a story about a girl in a town that rains a lot, where she meets a 100 year old virgin vampire who watches her sleep and shines in the sun. seriously, ever since twilight came out everything is copying twilight! uh

  • Julie
    Julie

    I totally agree with you. I saw the same similarities in the beginning of the book.

  • SmartMom
    SmartMom

    Oh there are a LOT of similarities between the 2 books. Charming, handsome older guy who is instantly drawn to an innocent, mousy brunette.....She is drawn to him in such an unusual way (for her)....She's clumsy and falls a few times - he's there to catch her. He's there when she needs rescuing. He drives a very fast, sporty car. She has a male friend that has a crush on her. He tells her that he is not good for her but cannot stay away from him...That's just the first couple of chapters....C'mon, really? A lot of you can't see those similarities?..

  • Laurajean Jones
    Laurajean Jones

    Fifty Shades & twilight, they are two different animals. Twilight was written for teens. Fifty Shades is for us Adults. They are not the same. There should not be anything from making Fifty Shades into a movie. Twilight is about vampires. Fifty is about BDSM(kinky sex) If you want to think of similarities well if it is because one was a college student and one high school, they both has best friends in love wioth them. (well you can find stuff like that in alot of books) I know I found lots of stuff in twilight that are in other books also, that just life. They are two whole different books. Leave fifty shades alone (it much better also) & get a life

  • Jamie
    Jamie

    Tom Hiddleston should be Christian Grey for the movie.

  • Kovu
    Kovu

    don't see the problem, I don't see much likely except maybe in the original, before the books came out, the names were simular wich isn't now in the books. Storyline is totaly different then Twilight. I really don't understand what the problem is

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth

    There are a lot of similarities in characterizations, set up and even some dialogue (ex: dialogue between Ana and her mother bears similarity to Bella and her mother; even the description of the mothers are the same) but the more the 50 Shades trilogy was left without challenge in the marketplace, the less likely there was to be a challenge. Basically, James got lucky.

  • Nadia
    Nadia

    I have read both the Twilight and Fifty shades series and I don't see how someone could say the storyline for the two are alike ... They are not even barely similar ! The characters might be alike but except for that I don't see how anything from Twilight translates into Fifty shades of grey !!!

  • Terrie
    Terrie

    how is it similar in any way to twilight other than so good hard to stop reading it?... as for if it becomes a movie... PLEASE put Channing Tatum in as the sexy Mr Grey...

  • jen
    jen

    Sooooo, what exactly was the point of this article? You were like, Will this be a problem? No, no it won't.

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