Since E.L. James’ best-selling novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” hit the bookshelves in June of 2011, rumors of a film adaption began to stir. After nearly a year of deliberation on whether or not it was possible for a film to suit the erotic genre of the popular novel, all the rumors were finally put to rest. On March 26, 2012, Focus Features and Universal Pictures announced that they had bought the rights to the film adaption of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” setting fans and fan sites in a frenzy. Even though many had their ideal Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele already in mind, knowing that casting could soon be decided took the world and the fandom by storm.
In July of 2012, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (The Social Network) were handpicked by E.L. James to produce the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, and were soon joined by actress and writer Kelly Marcel, (Terra Nova). Marcel is expected to begin writing the screenplay for Fifty Shades of Grey this December. Up to this point, a director has n0t been assigned, but a few names have been circulating.
On December 8, 2012, E.L. James tweeted about having a private dinner with Jack Morrissey. So what does this mean to us? Morrissey is the partner of director Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part One & The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part Two, Chicago, and Dream Girls). Could it be possible that Morrissey and Condon have jumped on the Fifty Shades of Grey train? At this time any possible involvement on their part is still unknown, but the possibility has fans worried about another Edward and Bella duo.
Should fans be worried that Fifty Shades will become another Twilight? Probably not, even though the novel was based on Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey developed into more of an erotic love story and Christian and Anastasia are undoubtedly different from Edward and Bella. Fifty Shades of Grey would require a couple with a much more extreme chemistry and superior acting abilities. Condon was able to bring a bit more heat to the final Twilight Saga films and has definitely had experience with filming sexually explicit material with his 2004 film Kinsey.
Until we hear more from the people in charge, we will just have to add Condon to the long list of possible rumored directors, including: Paul Greengrass (previously worked with Brunetti and De Luca), Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh, Gary Marshall, Mark Wahlberg, Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), Robert Luketic, and Gary Ross (The Hunger Games).
As the anticipation for the film grows higher, and the wait for fresh news expands, the hopes of the fans are starting to dwindle. Many asking themselves and fan sites whether or not a Fifty Shades of Grey film is really going to be made? Do the producers have anyone in mind for casting? The questions are endless, so we asked Facebook fans some questions and this is what they had to say:
Q: Do you feel the production team seems to be prolonging any news of progress on this film and how do you think this is affecting fan interests?
A: “I am not sure if the production team is prolonging information or they just don’t have any info to give. It does seem like it is taking a long time.”-Susan Grant Thomson.
A: “I just hope the continuous time lapse won’t have others bored and then the movie ruined because the producers are more worried about the R8’s being delivered then getting a crew together.”-Thanny Renee Ouellette Krueger.
A: “Yes, It feels like they have abandoned the project since they have not made any announcements since Kelly Marcel. Well, that I have seen personally.”-Odette Trahan
A: “I think the production team is doing what they need to do. I’d rather them get it done right than rush things because fans are being impatient.”-Karen Kearns White.
A: ”I’ve lost interest altogether. I still love the books but the movie thing is dragging and it’s pretty annoying that nothing is concrete yet.”-Melissa Guerra.
Q: Do you think the production team is prolonging any casting news and how do you feel this is affecting fan interest?
A: “I’m going to keep it simple relatively speaking (yeah right)…take Twilight for example…books were amazing…the “Edward” we all had in mind was not who was cast. Now some would say it hurt the movie/box office revenue…some would say it didn’t matter either way because he grew on us. Now we can learn from this and stay true to how E.L. James described CG…It’s so super important with this particular film.”-Kristin Edgin Duke.
A: “I think they are prolonging releasing anything because it increases fan interest. As long as there is nothing concrete being published, then everyone will keep having their own favorites and making websites and Facebook sites about these actors/actresses.”-Camilla Rosendal.
A: “I would rather see them take their time, do the books justice by developing a great script and casting the best actors/actresses for the respective roles. Do we miss Christian and Ana? Certainly. BUT I want to love the movies as much as I loved reading the books.”-Annmarie Ingrassia.
A: “Well I feel they are taking a long time and new books are coming out with better writing and story lines (like the Crossfire series) and people will start to get bored, especially if it takes another year or two to get started filming. Is no news really good news?”-Thanny Renee Ouellette Krueger.
Although the majority of fans are silent waiting for filming and casting information, enthusiastic fans and fan sites continue to be very passionate towards their choices for Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, many have lost hope with the rumors that their favorite actors or actresses will not be taking part in the project for one reason or another. Such as, Channing Tatum due to his close relationship with his wife, Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer, due to their age, and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart with their obvious connection with “Twilight.”
Whatever the reason for the delays may be, the looks of any recent updates aren’t looking so well. On Dec. 19th, 2012, USA Today asked E.L. James, “Have you cast the movie or set a release date?” E.L. James simply replied, “No. It’s far too early. I don’t think people realize how long it takes to make a movie.” It’s an unfortunate answer for us and the fans, and by sound of it our questions won’t be answered for quite some time.