of Entertainment Weekly
Producers of the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey
are in a bit of a pickle: should they try to get it R- rated for the bigger audience, or should they remain as true to the book as possible? Producer Dana Brunetti has the answer: they could just do both!
Speaking to Collider
, he said "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."
"Everybody could go and enjoy the R version," he added, "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."
If the film gets an R-rating, it would mean that under 18s can see the film accompanied by an adult, while an NC-17 rating means that nobody aged 17 or under is allowed inside the theatre, as well as the fact that many people might be hesitant to go and watch such an "explicit" film. Still, fans don't quite agree with the desires of the larger audience.
"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."
And releasing the film twice sounds like a pretty decent solution!
With its main stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson finally announced, production is expected to begin in the coming few weeks, and the film will be released on Valentine's Day weekend in 2015.