After months of nada to nosh on, Fifty Shades of Grey fans are finally being treated to a TON of juicy info straight from the set. Not only have we recently gotten a glimpse of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson filming the infamous "hardware store scene" (ha!), but now, producer Michael De Luca is spilling serious details about what it's really like behind the scenes and how the film is going to turn out.
Here, the six most tantalizing highlights he was willing to share to Deadline.com at Sundance this week ...
- The truth about the sex scenes: De Luca clarified that while fans shouldn't expect to be disappointed, the movie "obviously ... can't be as explicit as the book." He explained, “We’re very conscious of not making anything gratuitous or exploitive while being faithful to the stories of the book and to the fans of the book. We’re going to give them what they expect, which is an intense and erotic love story. ... A picture is worth a 1,000 words. So to be erotic onscreen means I think an image is going to have way more power than reading the words on a page.” I'd agree with that!
- On "the love story": Sounds like De Luca is in agreement with Dakota Johnson on what the core of the film really is ... “Not to sound corny, but it is, at its heart, a young love story. I think those things always work. No matter what you think about the book, those things are in that story and they are very cinematic. I think people love a good love story and the these two characters endeared themselves to 90 million readers so it’s hard to say that it didn’t connect on a deeper level than just its more sensationalist aspects, but it was the love story that did it for me.”
- On the filming schedule: The movie is set to shoot through the end of February.
- On director Sam Taylor-Johnson: While there may be a lot of drama on-screen, it sounds like there's minimal off. "She runs a very chill set,” De Luca revealed of the director.
- On one big change fans should expect: Ana's inner monologue -- i.e. her inner goddess doing salsa moves -- is definitely being axed. Hallelujah. We knew that was a complete disaster waiting to happen. Sounds like that's not the only thing that's going to be cut, either. "In any adaption of a book, you have to lose some stuff and you have to combine some stuff," De Luca admitted.
- On E.L. James' input on-set: With Erika rumored to be butting heads with the suits recently, De Luca must've wanted to set the record straight or do some damage control. He said of the writer-turned-producer on the film, "She’s been great, she’s been collaborative and active. She's the true north, she’s the North Star for us with these characters, so it’s been great being able to check with her.”
What are you most surprised to learn from De Luca's secrets?
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