E.L. James, the author of the ridiculously popular Fifty Shades of Grey series, is giving Christian Grey a chance to share his side of the story. James took to Instagram this morning to announce that her new book, entitled Grey, is a retelling of the first book in the trilogy, but through her enigmatic title character's eyes:
In a statement accompanying the announcement, James added that readers, still hungry after reading protagonist Anastasia Steele's take on things, have been clamoring to get a deeper look into Christian's life and troubled past. "Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story," she says. "It's been a great pleasure to return to my happy place — writing, being with Christian and Ana in their universe, and working with the fantastic team at Vintage." Grey will land on bookshelves on June 18th.
The Fifty Shades series has grown into a massive franchise, selling 125 million copies worldwide. This year saw the release of the series' first film adaptation, and despite poor reviews, earned $166 million at the box office. The sequels are slated to hit theaters in 2017 and 2018.