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Universal is checking out Joe Wright to helm 50 Shades of Grey

05.10.2013

Anyone know a little book called 50 SHADES OF GREY? Yeah, sorry, I was trying to get you excited but I'm having a difficult time here.

Well, it does involve sexy sex sex, which means that possibly two of your favorite actors are going to be exploring each others desires through BDSM. But in that rated-R kind of way. It probably won't be as steamy as women are imagining it to be. Ladies can get pretty detailed in their desires as you can tell in E.L. James' book, and the minds of her legions across the internet. It's the grown-up more prevy version of TWILIGHT minus the wolves and vampires and all that business.

A handful of directors have already passed through the ringer including Patty Jenkins, Bill Condon, Bennett Miller and Gus Van Sant. Now it looks like Universal wants Joe Wright to direct the adaptation. Before settling on Wright, Steven Soderbergh was their second choice. No deal is in place yet.

After they settle on a director it will be time to cast the two leads: Edward and Bella Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. I'm just going to be honest here, I hope Wright passes. He deserves better.

Source: Variety

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1:30AM on 07/18/2013
Get Edgar Wright instead. With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the lead roles.

Now THAT I would pay to see.
Get Edgar Wright instead. With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the lead roles.

Now THAT I would pay to see.
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4:54PM on 05/11/2013

Maybe he could bring something cool to the table?

While I agree with the thoughts that this kind of project is under Joe Wright's talent by a significant margin, the great thing about film adaptations of novels is that they are new visions of core plot points. I think if they do get a director of Joe Wright's artistic and cinematic stature (or get Joe Wright, himself), the chosen director will not let this be a weak adaptation.

Really playing the Devil's advocate on this one, but think Alfonso Cuaron with Prisoner of Azkaban. He's who I
While I agree with the thoughts that this kind of project is under Joe Wright's talent by a significant margin, the great thing about film adaptations of novels is that they are new visions of core plot points. I think if they do get a director of Joe Wright's artistic and cinematic stature (or get Joe Wright, himself), the chosen director will not let this be a weak adaptation.

Really playing the Devil's advocate on this one, but think Alfonso Cuaron with Prisoner of Azkaban. He's who I consider to be the start of the popular book adaptations being turned into movies, but taking artistic liberties along the way. Before he came along, the Harry Potter films were pretty damn close to the books, but ever since he entered the fold, they have taken more and more liberties as the films went on. While this could be coincidental considering the fact that the books started getting bigger, I still think it was a great step forward for separating film from literature as an artistic medium.

Especially after what's transpiring with the film version of The Hobbit, I think directors are getting much more comfortable with the idea of injecting their own vision into the source text. Of course, fans of the books will never sway their opinions about "This character isn't right, they left this out, this was way more interesting in the book", etc. But that doesn't seem to be stopping filmmakers from trying their hand at it.

A shitty story is a shitty story. I've never read 50 Shades of Grey, so I don't know if it has some complex tale of love turning into lust, or if it really is just a glorified pornographic novel. That being said, though, what I'm trying to convey in this post is that perhaps a great director being attached would be able to breathe some much-needed artistic light into something devoid of class. It might not be the best narrative, but maybe the visuals, the audio, the acting, and everything else that matters in a movie, will supersede the unfortunately thin story!

I hope he isn't the director picked for the gig, but if he is, I will be cautiously optimistic that he will lend the material his own artistic vision :)
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4:10PM on 05/10/2013
I would certainly hope that a director who just adapted Anna Karenina would not do an adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey right after that. Talk about opposite ends of literature.
I would certainly hope that a director who just adapted Anna Karenina would not do an adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey right after that. Talk about opposite ends of literature.
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2:16PM on 05/10/2013

This movie boils down to one thing...

...the audience expecting to see one hot actor and one hot actress fucking. That's literally it. The only difference between this movie and softcore porn is that in softcore porn, you can't see your favourite A-list actor and actress fucking. Which is why people went nuts when it was rumored that Emma Watson might take the role. This movie is a complete waste of time. If people are that curious, go watch SECRETARY or actual porn.
...the audience expecting to see one hot actor and one hot actress fucking. That's literally it. The only difference between this movie and softcore porn is that in softcore porn, you can't see your favourite A-list actor and actress fucking. Which is why people went nuts when it was rumored that Emma Watson might take the role. This movie is a complete waste of time. If people are that curious, go watch SECRETARY or actual porn.
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11:57AM on 05/10/2013
I read the Fifty Shades books, my gf got them and my curiosity got the better of me and I broke down and read all three. For one thing, E.L. James does not have a dirty mind whatsoever, even in a topic as taboo as BDSM. She can't even use the word "ass" when the girl is taking it up her.....well, ass. Granted the imagery she does use and situations that go on in the book could make for some good sex scenes on screen, but I doubt Hollywood will go the route of an R-Rating for this movie.
I read the Fifty Shades books, my gf got them and my curiosity got the better of me and I broke down and read all three. For one thing, E.L. James does not have a dirty mind whatsoever, even in a topic as taboo as BDSM. She can't even use the word "ass" when the girl is taking it up her.....well, ass. Granted the imagery she does use and situations that go on in the book could make for some good sex scenes on screen, but I doubt Hollywood will go the route of an R-Rating for this movie. They are going to capitalize on the popularity and try to get as many people into the theatre as possible, expect a pg-13 rating and maybe 2-3, 10 second topless clips of whoever plays the main character. And really, without the nudity and sex, what's the point of making this movie?
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2:14PM on 05/10/2013
And if they don't then they're wasting their time.
And if they don't then they're wasting their time.
11:36AM on 05/10/2013

He won't do it

If he did, it would be the best possible version of that book that would ever be produced.
If he did, it would be the best possible version of that book that would ever be produced.
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11:29AM on 05/10/2013
Noooo!!! You're too good for this!
Noooo!!! You're too good for this!
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11:27AM on 05/10/2013
If you treasure your credibility sir...
If you treasure your credibility sir...
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11:06AM on 05/10/2013
I hope he passes on this. This is so underneath his talent and capability.
I hope he passes on this. This is so underneath his talent and capability.
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11:05AM on 05/10/2013
How graphic is it (the book) exactly? are we to expect a 9 Songs or a PG13?
How graphic is it (the book) exactly? are we to expect a 9 Songs or a PG13?
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11:53AM on 05/10/2013
Knowing the popularity of the books and Hollywood's penchant for ensuring they capitalize on revenues generated purely by popularity. I think it's safe to say this adaptation will be rated pg-13.

Knowing the popularity of the books and Hollywood's penchant for ensuring they capitalize on revenues generated purely by popularity. I think it's safe to say this adaptation will be rated pg-13.

12:13PM on 05/10/2013
Some friends of mine did a dramatic reading of sections of the book for a bachelorette party (for laughs) and said that it was extremely graphic. If they're really going to do a true adaptation it'll definitely have to be R-rated.
Some friends of mine did a dramatic reading of sections of the book for a bachelorette party (for laughs) and said that it was extremely graphic. If they're really going to do a true adaptation it'll definitely have to be R-rated.
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