The upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film is getting all sorts of hype … which it can’t possibly live up to. Could this movie possibly be any good at all?
Given the popularity of EL James’ novels, there’s no reason why a 50 Shades film couldn’t win over general audiences and make money … in theory.
The only problem with a Fifty Shades of Grey movie is … the Fifty Shades of Grey book. What has made it so successful simply may not translate.
“The only way to make it into a crowd-pleasing film is to pretty much tear everything out of the book,” says author/screenwriter Christopher Farnsworth.
“Those movies don’t historically make a lot of money. Studios don’t want to make R-rated films. They want more PG films that a lot of people can see.”
Many believe Fifty Shades would be better suited to an HBO show, which, regardless of who plays Christian and Ana, could drag out its racy content for years.
Of course, if the budget for this film is small enough, and the buzz strong enough, an R rating doesn’t have to stand in the way of a long-term profit.
Especially if the flick sticks with the book’s main thematic elements, which, when you strip away all the sex, is basically glorified Twilight fan fiction.
“It’s the classic big love story … the powerful man who plucks out a seemingly ordinary woman, and makes her feel special,” romance author Beatriz Williams says.
“That’s emotional crack for women. We’re hardwired to love this stuff.”
Indeed … but will you pay to see the 50 Shades movie? Vote!