The Fifty Shades of Grey movie has the potential to be one of the most graphic, mainstream movies in decades ... but will the final product reflect that?
While Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan have been hard at work filming steamy scenes, it appears that audiences might not get to see much of them.
Reports are surfacing from the Canadian set that Universal wants desperately to lure a younger audience into the theaters to boost its box office profits.
Dornan has expressed his willingness - even hopes - that a Fifty Shades of Grey NC-17 edition be filmed and released. Execs may not agree, however.
Even if it was scaled back to an R rating, that would severely restrict the audience that could be allowed into see the film adaption of E.L. James' novel.
When you consider that ... speculation is that it may be all or nothing.
There is even talk of a PG-13 rated Fifty Shades of Grey that pushes the boundaries on that level, yet alludes to or discusses may or the sex scene.
In other words, very few visuals of Christian Grey ransacking Ana.
From a business standpoint, this could be part of a multifaceted approach in which a hardcore “director’s cut” of the film could arrive on DVD and Blu-Ray.
At the end of the day, studios are in business to make profits, and Hollywood could easily follow the money to where the younger audiences lead it.
The question is whether it would alienate many fans as a result.
Some things are sexier if they are teased, alluded to, or implied, rather than thrown in your face. Fifty Shades of Grey is probably not one of those things.
The readers of the book likely want to watch Christian passionately screw Ana Steele's brains out. Maybe not everyone cares, but a lot of people do.
Where do you stand? Tell us with your comments and votes below:
Would you see a watered-down, tamer Fifty Shades of Grey?