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Kelly Marcel, screenwriter for Fifty Shades of Grey, has plans for an NC-17 rating

Jan. 10, 2013by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Fifty Shades of Grey book cover slice

Maybe the better phrase would be "fantasizes about an NC-17 rating?"

Often shied away from by studios and cinemas alike, NC-17 may best serve the source material but will hardly serve the potental box-office returns that would make this phenomenon worth the purchase price. 

And so it's understandable that Universal is a bit hesitant to publicly commit to screenwriter Kelly Marcel saying "It will be rated NC-17. It’s going to be raunchy... We are 100% going there."  The studio has only gone on record with the response of “a screenplay has not yet been written, a rating has not been designated, and we have no further comment," with producer Dana Brunetti adding "the script isn't even written yet, so how could we know how [the MPAA's Classification and] Ratings Board will rate it?"

Sounds like either Marcel is overexcited, or screenwriter and studio aren't quite on the same page (so to speak).  Either way, the question of course remains - would 50 SHADES OF GREY going the full NC-17 be any bigger of a draw for you to see the movie? No matter what Universal eventually decides to do with the rating though, Marcel seems to indicate that she'll remain enthused for the project, saying "regardless of what you may think of the writing, this is a modern love story, involving two complex characters, and that’s what I’m interested in. You have to work at it and talk about shit and figure it out, regardless of what that shit may be."

Kelly Marcel in bath tub

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel

Extra Tidbit: Marcel did the rewrite of BRONSON, and made a lifelong friend of star Tom Hardy in the process. In fact, he now has the word "Skribe" tattooed on his upper arm - the "k" is for "Kelly."

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1:45PM on 01/10/2013

who really cares...

the book has been panned by critics, its called mommy porn or housewife pron, its pure schlock and the movie will be too. It will only gain an audience if some famous people, woman especially is cast, say like emma watson. many of the potter fans of her would probably go see it if she was to be in it or maybe keira knightly, whomever it be a young famous starlet. That will kind of the draw, but the material will be of no consequence. People just want to see hot people naked is basically what
the book has been panned by critics, its called mommy porn or housewife pron, its pure schlock and the movie will be too. It will only gain an audience if some famous people, woman especially is cast, say like emma watson. many of the potter fans of her would probably go see it if she was to be in it or maybe keira knightly, whomever it be a young famous starlet. That will kind of the draw, but the material will be of no consequence. People just want to see hot people naked is basically what this movie would be about.
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1:05PM on 01/10/2013
I have a really hard time believing that an NC-17 rating will hurt the box office return on this movie. The fan base is just too rabid.
I have a really hard time believing that an NC-17 rating will hurt the box office return on this movie. The fan base is just too rabid.
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11:54AM on 01/10/2013

eh

This doesn't seem that controversial, considering that this is an admitted fan-fic adaptation of Twilight, that is essentially titillating soft-core. I don't think it's going to affect movies the success of movies like Shame, that are using the rating to deal with topics more seriously. Based on the summaries I've seen of these books, you'd have to nerf the shit out of these to get anywhere close to an R rating. And that points to an important exception to the ratings rule. Most of the time,
This doesn't seem that controversial, considering that this is an admitted fan-fic adaptation of Twilight, that is essentially titillating soft-core. I don't think it's going to affect movies the success of movies like Shame, that are using the rating to deal with topics more seriously. Based on the summaries I've seen of these books, you'd have to nerf the shit out of these to get anywhere close to an R rating. And that points to an important exception to the ratings rule. Most of the time, movies *do* get nerfed to increase appeal. The difference here is that the success of these books, which are broadly panned for sub-par writing, are entirely based on being accessible, socially acceptable erotica. I don't see the movie adaption's potential for success being based on anything else except the same - being explicit, socially acceptable erotica. Nothing wrong with that, but making it R is like breeding a Giraffe with a short neck - what's the point?
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10:52AM on 01/10/2013
So I assume it'll include the well-written, riveting scene where the sociopath runs into the frumpy girl's room, rips out her bloody tampon, and proceeds to fuck her in a boring manner for the billionth time. Yeah, this movie's gonna be a treat.
So I assume it'll include the well-written, riveting scene where the sociopath runs into the frumpy girl's room, rips out her bloody tampon, and proceeds to fuck her in a boring manner for the billionth time. Yeah, this movie's gonna be a treat.
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10:49AM on 01/10/2013
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10:06AM on 01/10/2013
I want this thing to be NC-17. Not that I give any significant fuck about the project, but I want an NC-17 movie to become an enormous fucking hit, lifting the rating out of the doldrums. So films like Shame and Killer Joe can make more than a couple of bucks.
I want this thing to be NC-17. Not that I give any significant fuck about the project, but I want an NC-17 movie to become an enormous fucking hit, lifting the rating out of the doldrums. So films like Shame and Killer Joe can make more than a couple of bucks.
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10:02AM on 01/10/2013

Go for a mass suicide pact involving everyone who thinks that piece of shit should be a movie or it's fucked up following any more enabled

That book says clearly all women past 35 not married are desperate to be treated like shit. Writing this down guys? Feminism was a crock. Fuck'em in the butt and eat a steak.
That book says clearly all women past 35 not married are desperate to be treated like shit. Writing this down guys? Feminism was a crock. Fuck'em in the butt and eat a steak.
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10:52AM on 01/10/2013
"Fuck'em in the butt and eat a steak." Hahaha!!!!! that alone is better writing than the hundreds of pages that bitch wrote for her shitty trilogy of "books."
"Fuck'em in the butt and eat a steak." Hahaha!!!!! that alone is better writing than the hundreds of pages that bitch wrote for her shitty trilogy of "books."
8:58AM on 01/10/2013

Go for it I say

I imagine the people that read the book would both understand the rating and possibly even welcome it. Given the popularity of the book, this could the first movie to really go mainstream in a big way with the NC-17 rating. Having said that...the amount of sex in the movie necessary to get a NC-17 rating would be both uncomfortable and distracting. There would absolutely ZERO chance I would ever seen something like that in PUBLIC. I don't like twisting uncomfortably in my seat with a rock
I imagine the people that read the book would both understand the rating and possibly even welcome it. Given the popularity of the book, this could the first movie to really go mainstream in a big way with the NC-17 rating. Having said that...the amount of sex in the movie necessary to get a NC-17 rating would be both uncomfortable and distracting. There would absolutely ZERO chance I would ever seen something like that in PUBLIC. I don't like twisting uncomfortably in my seat with a rock hard erection near total strangers. I'm weird like that.

I'd Netflix that shit in a heartbeat though.
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