Fifty Shades E.L. James Has Movie Producers in Cuffs
The writer of the bestselling erotica trilogy E.L. James may be a shy and reclusive housewife, but when it comes to adapting her book onto screen she’s the one wielding the riding crop. The Fifty Shades of Grey books have hit the world like a hurricane, with eight consecutive weeks of increased sales the erotic series has outsold the Harry Potter and Twilight series in a record amount of time – so a movie version of the book has “hit” written all over it before it’s even been cast. Universal Pictures and Focus Features have acquired the rights for Fifty Shades of Grey the movie, but it has come with a string of demands that would have made Christian Grey proud. The author’s demands have been so specific and numerous that other studios have declined working with the trilogy.
Not unlike her hero, the complex Mr. Grey, E.L. James has drawn up a complex and elaborate contract stating the level of her involvement in the adaptations. These terms include her approval of the director, screenwriter and screenplay, location, trailers, cast and many more. She is also specific in the way the love story is to be handled. E.J. James wants a complex exploration of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey’s relationship through a sexual-political viewpoint that is aimed at a demographic of women aged 25-65. So this laundry list of requests and demands will not just affect who’ll direct and be cast in the production, but it’ll also affect the individual scenes. Another concern about E.L. James’s dominatrix involvement is the rating of the film.
The author wants to keep it as authentic as possible, but there is a fine line to be tread, since Fifty Shades could just become a high-budget porn movie. An R-rating would allow the source material to be faithfully adapted, but a PG-13 rating would bring in more ticket sales, although this would require heavy dumbing down of the sex scenes – quite problematic when you’re adapting an erotic novel. So it’ll be up to E.L. James to assure the movie’s success. One thing about E.L. James’s involvement is that Fifty Shades of Grey will be loyal to the novels. The author herself is guaranteeing that her book will meet her vision. Right now we just have to sit and wait and see what will happen. Who’ll be cast and who’ll direct it? These are answer’s we’ll just have to wait for patiently.