'Crossfire' Romantic Novels to Be Adapted for TV

Lionsgate has acquired the television rights to author Sylvia Day's adult series.

Lionsgate has acquired the television rights to Sylvia Day's best-selling romantic novel series, Crossfire.

In the vein of the popular EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey series, the Crossfire adult novels "follows Eva Tramell, a young up-and-comer in the advertising world, and billionaire businessman Gideon Cross, who are both trying to overcome their devastating and abusive pasts. As they are intensely drawn to one another, both physically and emotionally, the must find a way to heal each other in order to move on and establish a healthy romantic relationship."

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The Crossfire series has sold more than 12 million copies since it first debuted last April with Bared to You. The most recent book, Entwined With You, sold more than 550,000 copies in its first week and is a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, as was the second book, Reflected in You.

"The Crossfire series is an incredible property, and it is a thrill to bring it to Lionsgate,” said Chris Selak, executive vice president at Lionsgate. “Sylvia has created an enduring, sexy and edgy story, and we’re looking forward to working with her to create a show that both excites and connects with audiences as her books have done."

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“This is a studio that has been incredibly successful with book adaptations and I can’t wait to collaborate with them in bringing the story to life," said Day.

Selak will oversee development on the project, which was brought to Lionsgate by Impact Pictures' Jeremy Bolt and Clover Entertainment's Stephanie Johnson.

The news comes as Universal works toward its Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation, tapping Nowhere Boy's Sam Taylor-Wood in June to direct. The film will be released on Aug. 1, 2014.

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