While this may come as a surprise to fans who have read the E.L. James novel, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has decided to hand out an R rating for the highly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation. Which means the movie barely dodged the deadly NC-17 rating producers had been fearing. Here's the reason behind the MPAA's R rating for the adaptation:
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson star in Fifty Shades of Grey as 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele, who strike up a scintillating affair. The book is extremely graphic, and the makers of the studio were understandably concerned over the material and how the MPAA might perceive some of it. Some fans may be disappointed to learn that star Jamie Dornan will not go full-frontal in the movie. Dakota Johnson, on the other hand, will be seen in the buff.
There was talk about releasing an NC-17 version of the movie in theaters, but those plans were scrapped. It is not know if a steamier cut of the film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD. It doesn't sound like Fifty Shades of Grey had to contest its rating, something The Wolf of Wall Street had to do after it initially received an NC-17 back in 2013.
The supporting cast includes Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden and Dylan Neal. The original novel and its sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.
Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the adaptation from a script by Kelly Marcel, Mark Bomback and Patrick Marber. It remains to be seen when more footage will be released, since the February 13 release date is just over one month away, but stay tuned for the latest on Fifty Shades of Grey as we inch closer to its release.