'50 Shades of Grey' Movie Will Have 2 Versions, So Choose Carefully
If you were wondering how producers were planning on keeping Fifty Shades of Grey true to E.L. James' shoddily-written book without making it a full-on porno — something that, for the record, some of us here at Bustle believe it can't be done — don't worry: The studio apparently has a plan. According to Australian news site News.com.au, there will be two versions of the Fifty Shades of Grey film, one explicit and one clean.
Apparently, producers are just now realizing that the explicit content in Fifty Shades — namely the bondage, and the sadism, and the dominant/submissive roles, and probably that one part with the tampon — might pose an issue when they're attempting to receive a rating from the MPAA. Considering the MPAA once attempted to give Blue Valentine an NC-17 rating for a fully-clothed, hardly explicit sex scene in which Michelle Williams received cunnilingus from Ryan Gosling, this might be a difficult task. One would think that the producers would have realized this before they were on day one of the film's production, but y'know, OK then.
Anyway, the studio's solution to the potential problems they'll run into with the MPAA: They reportedly plan on making two versions of the film, one with all the explicit content from the book, and another, "cleaner" version which will likely receive an R rating, allowing it to play in most theaters nationwide and reach a wider audience. As lead producer Dana Brunetti explained: "Everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it then have that NC-17 version out there as well."
Who is this person who is going to see Fifty Shades of Grey twice, though?