His turn! E L James announced on Monday, June 1, that a new Fifty Shades of Grey book is in the works, told from kinky businessman Christian Grey's perspective.
The hugely successful British author, 52, returned to writing after taking a three-year break following the release of her original Fifty Shades trilogy. The best-selling books came out in quick succession, with Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed all hitting stores between mid-2011 and mid-2012.
James shared the news of the new book on Instagram on Monday morning, posting a promotional, appropriately gray-toned shot and writing, "Hello all. For those of you who have asked, Christian's POV of #FSOG is published on 18th June for his birthday. It's called GREY... I hope you enjoy it. #FiftyShades #Grey."
The millionaire writer explained in a release that the book was a response to requests from fans, who wanted more from Christian. The character, who was famously played by Jamie Dornan in the film adaptation earlier this year, begins a BDSM relationship with a younger woman, Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson), and unintentionally falls for her more than he intended to.
"This book is dedicated to those readers who asked...and asked... and asked... and asked for this," James said in a statement. "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."
Fifty Shades fans will be able to read the upcoming Grey in the interim between the theatrical releases of Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker. The latter is expected to arrive on the big-screen in 2016, one year after the first installment made more than $569 million at the worldwide box office.