Although Fifty Shades of Grey is just about done filming those kinky sex scenes between leads Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, it appears that audiences might never get to see much of them. Reports are surfacing from the Canadian set that the studio wants desperately to get a younger audience into the theaters, thus likely sending up its box office profits. As it stands right now, there is no way the film mirrors the book and does not get the dreaded NC-17.
Even if it was cut back to an “R” rating, that would severely restrict the audience that could see the film based on the book series by E.L. James.
This could easily be a case of the film arriving in theaters for a mass audience with a PG-13 rating that pushes the boundaries, while many of the sex scenes are alluded to or discussed in dialogue rather than shown with visuals. Then, a “director’s cut” of the film could arrive on DVD and Blu-Ray to satisfy the legions of fans who want to see the story played out visually as James envisioned it on her pages.
At the end of the day, movie studios are in the business of making money. So, this move is hardly a surprise to us at Movie Fanatic.
Sometimes things can be even more sexy if they are simply alluded to, instead of thrown in your face. But, then again, that is not what Fifty Shades of Grey has been about. On paper, it had the potential to be the most sexually graphic film made in decades. But if you think about it, Hollywood doesn’t make those movies anymore. So, one could see that this story has some merits.
Would you see a toned down Fifty Shades of Grey?