At CinemaCon in Las Vegas Universal’s Chairman Adam Fogelson discussed the model of movies and DVD’s. The article in The Hollywood Reporter is interesting if you’re interested in the industry.
What I found more interesting was the comment by Michael De Luca:
On the subject of adult movies, panelist Michael De Luca addressed his planned film based on E.L. James’ best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey. Reminding the crowd “that the movie will be different from the book,” the producer said, “The book is literal by design. … The cinematic language doesn’t have to be explicit.”
So, what does this mean? We’ll have to wait another year or so to find out, but I’ll speculate.
Yes, there will be sex in the film. Will you see anything close to what’s in porn? NO, you’ll see sex more like you see sex in other main stream films. Key body parts covered, side angles, close ups of faces, hands, etc. We might get some partial nudity, but not nudity for the sake of nudity.
The challenge is in showing the Playroom in a non-threatening way. Or seeing it through Ana’s eyes. Spanish Inquisition to Thomas Tallis to the belt at the end. There’s a lot more to the Red Room of Pain then some sex toys. The room itself and what goes on inside will be a challenge at times.
I think this is also an indication that the producers are trying to step up the game of the romance movie. Take it to a new level, without it being just about sex or just about the romance. A better blending of the two then you’ve seen in the past. Feeling the sexual tension instead of just watching it unfold.
In a book the author can tell you what you need to know, a great author makes you feel it. A good movie shows you the sex. In Fifty Shades of Grey I think we’ll feel the sex.
This is, I think the point and the goal with this movie. From what I’ve seen of the films that Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti have made, they like to make really good movies, not cookie cutter movies. They like to work outside the box and this film will force them to continue to do that.