Film adaptation of Fifty Shades delayed until 2015

The film version of best-selling erotic tale Fifty Shades Of Grey has been pushed back and will not be released until 2015.

Jamie Dornan Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The film was due to be unveiled next August, but will not be seen until Valentine's Day the following year, reported Entertainment Weekly.

Based on EL James's hugely successful book, the movie has already had difficulties with casting, and the start of shooting was put back a month from this month until December.

The production delay was thought to have been partly as a result of the abrupt exit of star Charlie Hunnam, who has now been replaced by Jamie Dornan.

Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley said the decision was "to take advantage of women who are invariably on vacation with their families during the month of August in Europe."