Universal says the porn movie Fifty Shades Of Grey: A XXX Adaptation is a “blatant trademark infringement” on its rights to E.L. James’ bestselling Fifty Shades Of Grey books and it wants Smash Pictures’ hardcore film neutered. “The first XXX adaptation is not a parody, and it does not comment on, criticize, or ridicule the originals. It is a rip-off, plain and simple,” says Universal City Studios and Fifty Shades Ltd, the owner of the book rights, in a lawsuit (read it here) filed earlier this week. Unlike the usual porn parody of Hollywood movies, the plaintiffs claim in their detailed suit that Smash’s XXX film, which does call itself an “adaptation” in its title, uses “exact dialogue, characters, events, story and style from the Fifty Shades trilogy.” Universal and Focus Features picked up rights to the softcore novels in a heated bidding war back in March for over $3 million. Kelly Marcel was chosen last month to write the screenplay.
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