Syco Simon Cowell 50 Shades of Grey

Simon Cowell to channel 50 Shades of Grey popularity with ‘Behind The Mask' sex club TV drama


By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

January 7, 2016 | 2 min read

Simon Cowell is looking to channel the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey with the adaptation of sex club memoir ‘Behind The Mask' for UK TV.

Syco Entertainment has picked up the rights to a book written by the founder of the Killing Kittens members' only sex club, with the apparent intent of bringing a sexually-charged TV series.

Behind The Mask, written by Killing Kittens founder Emma Sayle, promises to tell “a true story of sex, seduction and the pursuit of pleasure” and Cowell’s Syco, which is co-owned by Sony, thinks the property is ripe for an adaptation.

A source close to the deal told The Sun: “Someone brought the book to his attention and he immediately saw pound signs.

“Fifty Shades of Grey made hundreds of millions when it was turned into a film and Behind The Mask has all the right ingredients to be a huge hit.

“It’s incredibly raunchy in parts, so it would have to be aimed at the right audience, but it could be turned into a brilliant, glossy TV series.”

If Syco goes ahead with the adaptation, it will be the first drama produced by the company.

Syco Simon Cowell 50 Shades of Grey

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