updated 03/27/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/27/2012 AT 1:30 PM ET
“I really like clever men who challenge you,” says the Fifty Shades of Grey author – and she’s not even referring to her erotic novels’ main character, Christian Grey.
In her exclusive interview with EW.com, the woman who writes under the pseudonym E L James is actually referring to Jeb Brody, Focus Features president of production, whose sense of humor helped convince her to sell the movie rights of her trilogy to Universal Studios and Focus Features.
The price tag? About $5 million, reportedly, to bring the not-safe-for-work saga that’s easily the hottest book around to the big screen, a feat every major studio in Hollywood seemed to want to take on.