Los Angeles (AP) - After the huge success of their sadomaso trilogy "Fifty Shades of Gray", the British author EL James (56) has a new Hollywood deal under wraps.

The studio Universal Pictures wants to put their new novel "The Mister" on the screen, as the US industry papers "Hollywood Reporter" and "Variety" reported.

The story of a rich London aristocrat who falls in love with a mysterious Albanian woman with a dark past made it onto bestseller lists in the United States in 2019.

The writer had great success worldwide with the “Fifty Shades” triology about the love games of the rich Christian Gray and the student Anastasia. The three film versions (“Secret Desire” 2015, “Dangerous Love” 2017 and “Free Lust” 2018) with the main actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson grossed more than $ 1 billion.