Ever since Fifty Shades of Grey was optioned to become a film, fans have been wondering exactly HOW the story would make it to the big screen without a NC-17 rating -- or without getting a sanitized makeover. Being that NC-17 ratings have historically killed most flicks slapped with the rating, you'd understand why producers would want to steer toward an R rating at all costs, original material and fans' desires be damned! But now, it sounds like they may be building in some wiggle room for more time in the Red Room ...
Producer Dana Brunetti told Collider that fans may be able to look forward to seeing two versions of the film released!
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, 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.
A-ha! I totally saw that coming. And while it may just be Brunetti's opinion, it's brilliant -- and seems like the best possible way to go.
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To release the R-rated version first, then the NC-17 a few weeks later would obviously allow the studio to capitalize on it twice. They'd get two different audiences and/or repeat customers. (It'll be like Titanic all over again!) Okay, some people may just wait for the explicit version to be released ... But either way, it is pretty brilliant from a financial standpoint. Not to mention that plenty o' fans will be thrilled to not have to wait 'til the special edition Blu-ray comes out to get their uncensored Christian and Ana kicks!
How would you feel about the movie being released this way?
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