What made Fifty Shades of Grey so popular? Was it the eloquent prose? The deeply personal character arcs? The gritty historical accuracy?
NO! It was the sex! All the weird sex!
So it should come as no surprise that screenwriter Kelly Marcel has said that the film will include all the steamy stuff, even if that means....gasp...an NC-17 rating!
Of course that's just the screenwriter, and the studio will likely have the last word in the matter. But would an NC-17 rating really hurt the success of Fifty Shades? The book's target audience was all above 17 anyway.
NC-17 has historically been a death sentence for a film, but that's because theaters hesitate to screen them, which is largely because audiences have an aversion to the label. Perhaps an NC-17 rating for such a highly-anticipated film could bust through that group-think mentality.
Much like a third-party presidential candidate could be viable if the electorate allowed him or her to be viable, so too could an NC-17 movie stand a chance in the theaters if fans went to see it.
So basically, Fifty Shades of Grey is Ron Paul. I find it odd to be rooting for the success of a film based on such a--dare I say--hilariously abysmal book, but if it's the film to bust through the constraints of our (at best) fickle ratings system, then I'll be hoping it succeeds.
The biggest question left is who will direct, and who will play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.