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Fifty Shades of Grey - Producer Talks Rating Plans

Maybe With an NC-17 Cut in Cinemas?

There was a lot of discussion about the film adaptation of the bestselling book Fifty Shades of Grey recently. Especially the problems that arose when the producers were looking for fitting actors. At first, Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam were cast as the leads but Hunnam dropped out shortly thereafter because of scheduling conflicts. He was eventually replaced by Jamie Dornan.

Even more interesting is the question regarding the film's MPAA rating. A PG-13 isn't really that imaginable for a film made out of an SM novel, even though Hollywood should never be underestimated when it comes to controversial decisions. Luckily, producer Dana Brunetti now confirmed that the film will be released with an "R" rating either way. Phew. Furthermore, he's currently circling the idea of putting an NC-17 cut in cinemas shortly after the "R" version so that people can choose to see even more explicit scenes compared to the regular theatrical version.

“It’ll be R, obviously it has to be R.  This is just my opinion and this doesn’t mean this is going to happen, but I always thought it would be really cool if we released the R version and then we had an NC-17 version that we released a few weeks later.  So 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.  It’d be great for the studio too because they’d get a double dip on the box office… What we’re kind of hearing from the fans is they want it dirty, they want it as close as possible [to the book].  We want to keep it elevated but also give the fans what they want.”

Of course, this is all utopian talk right now and it's much too early to expect that an NC-17 version really enters cinemas. The next months should hopefully clear up which road will be taken. The film's theatrical release date for the US is set for February 13th, 2015.

Release: Nov 19, 2013 - Author: Blade41 - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: Collider

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