It could be Fifty Shades of scandal, as the new Fifty Shades of Grey spin-off from writer EL James has apparently been stolen.
Police are currently investigating allegations that a copy of the upcoming book, entitled Grey, has disappeared ahead of release. Publisher Penguin Random House is looking into how such a theft could have occurred, according to The Mirror. James has yet to address the alleged theft on her Twitter account, where she has been sending promotional tweets for Grey over the last week.
Earlier this month, the author revealed that her Fifty Shades of Grey spinoff would be told entirely from the perspective of playboy Christian Grey – in a move shrewedly similar to Stephenie Meyers’ plans to release Midnight Sun; an adaptation of Twilight from male protagonist Edward Cullen’s point of view.
Penguin Random House has scheduled the release of Grey for 18th June, the birthday of kinky businessman Christian.
“This book is dedicated to those readers who asked…and asked… and asked… and asked for this,” James wrote to her fans this month. “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 has since been reported that Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, stars of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, are not contractually obligated to appear in a possible film version of the spinoff.
Grey is set for release on 18th June.