THE makers of the film version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” are apparently planning to release two versions: one toned down for mainstream audiences and another, for fans of the books, made much more explicit.
The sex scenes that made the EL James novels so popular – including bondage, spanking and sadomasochism – have created a problem for the film version’s American producers: they don’t want to alienate fans of the risqué novels by cleaning the story up too much, but they also want to ensure it receives a rating that will put it in front of mainstream audiences.
The Sunday Times reports the film’s lead producer, Dana Brunetti, hopes the first version of the film would receive an “R” rating in America, meaning that children under the age of 17 would be allowed to watch it with an adult guardian.
A smuttier NC-17 version, which allows for depictions of rape or drug use, would then be released for audiences aged 17 or over.
“‘Everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it then have that NC-17 version out there as well,” Brunetti said.
The £25 million ($44.9 million) movie, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, starts shooting in Vancouver this week. It’s expected to hit screens in February 2015.