Screenwriter Kelly Marcel replaced famed author and provocateur, Brett Easton Ellis, as the scribe for the 'Fifty Shades' film adaptation, but promises that her version of the film will retain the edge of the source novel, and has gone on record stating that the film "will be NC-17".
"It will be raunchy. We are 100% going there," she said, in an interview with The Telegraph. This is a relief to fans of the novel, who feared that the strong sexual content of the novel would be tamed in the translation from page to screen.
The NC-17 is often seen as the kiss of death in the film industry, as most mainstream theater chains refuse to carry films with the rating. However, the recent success of the NC-17 art-house indie, Shame, has some thinking otherwise. Perhaps 'Fifty Shades' - which is certain to be a box-office success - will breathe new life into the controversial rating, allowing for more adult-oriented dramas to play in mainstream chains, rather than obscure art-house cinemas. Still, others feel that 'Fifty Shades' will only add to the misconception of the NC-17 as a "porn" rating.
The graphic sexual content in 'Fifty Shades' is almost certain to push the envelope as far as it has ever gone before.