Is anyone excited about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation who isn’t either a tween virgin or a middle-aged bored housewife trapped in a sex-less marriage? The script, penned by Kelly Marcel–a relative “nobody” by Hollywood standards (Terra Nova? Hello?)–will not skimp on any of the “raunchy” details that made the book so comically scandalous. According to Marcel, “there is going to be a lot of sex in the film” and they are “100 per cent going there.”
So much “going there,” in fact, that Marcel predicts the film will receive the financial death card: a big, throbbing NC-17 rating. Of course, Universal is quick to downplay Marcel’s comments. “A screenplay has not yet been written, a rating has not been designated, and we have no further comment,” said a spokesperson. Producer Dana Brunetti similarly called foul: “The script isn’t even written yet, so how could we know how [the MPAA’s Classification and] Ratings Board will rate it?”
Casually peruse the sad void that is YouTube fan videos and you’ll discover that a lot of girls have made up their mind about who should be cast as the title character, Christian Grey, and his female admirer Anastasia Steele. Amidst popular speculation, the frontrunners seem to be Henry Cavill, Channing Tatum, Ian Somerholder, Matt Bomer, and Chris Hemsworth as Grey; and Shailene Woodley, Alexis Bledel, Ashley Greene, and Emma Watson as Steele. Though, smart money’s on Gosling; Christian Grey is just a ball gag away from that “misunderstood bad boy” type he seems to gravitate towards these days (he may say “no” to the offer, but we all know that’s S&M code for “make me beg for it”).
No doubt, even with an NC-17 rating, this movie is going to make an obscene amount of money. Follow the official Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook page for all the latest details (if you’re into that sort of thing).