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Fifty Shades for teens - One Direction fan fiction novel to become film

Kat Brown

Published 05/06/2015 | 14:24

Louis Tomlinson, from left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Liam Payne of One Direction accept the award for top duo/group at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Louis Tomlinson, from left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Liam Payne of One Direction accept the award for top duo/group at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

A fan fiction story about the band One Direction is getting a film adaptation from the writer of the Alison Janney sitcom Mom.

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The Hollywood Reporter writes that Anne Todd's book series After could be considered as "a Fifty Shades-type story, but for a younger generation".

Like EL James's book, which stemmed from fan fiction based on Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, Todd's heroine Tessa is a virginal university student who falls in love with a mysterious man.

Rather than a billionaire CEO with family issues, the brooder in this instance is her tattooed classmate, Hardin, based on One Direction member Harry Styles.

Like Fifty Shades of Grey, After was originally released online where it gained a devoted following. The series has had more than one billion reads on the Wattpad community, and Hardin and Tessa have spawned a Twitter hashtag, #Hessa.

The original book, After, was published by Gallery Books last October, followed by three sequels – After We Collided, After We Fell and After Ever Happy.

Susan McMartin, the principal writer on the sitcom Mom will write the script with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot producing.

The pair have camp teen credits aplenty, including Glee, She's All That and the film adaptation of the musical Hairspray, which Shankman also directed.

One Direction play their first UK concert as a four piece tonight, in Cardiff.

Telegraph.co.uk

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