While it was panned by critics and moviegoers, Fifty Shades of Grey did wind up being a box office success. It’s become so successful that its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, are currently in the process of getting a big screen adaptation. Now, Marlon Wayans has plans to make a movie that spoofs the popular franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wayans is in talks to reunite with his Haunted House colleagues Rick Alvarez and Michael Tiddes for the spoof which is being called Fifty Shades of Black. The film is being financed by IM Global, and studios will get to determine if they want to obtain distribution rights for it next week at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Wayans will star in the film and help write the screenplay with Alvarez, while Tiddes is directing. Wayans noted that he is “excited” to be working with IM Global on the project.
“Sex and comedy go hand-in-hand and I’m looking forward to having fun with this project. It’s amazing when a film of this caliber comes along begging to be made fun of. I’m really happy to be doing what I love with people I love to do it with. That double entendre was intentional.”
The Fifty Shades of Grey spoof is aiming for “an early 2016 release,” as The Hollywood Reporter puts it. Since the sequel to the original film isn’t due until 2017, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Wayans was hoping to lock in a Valentine’s Day weekend release, which is what the first film had this year.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, while Fifty Shades Darker isn’t scheduled for release until February 10, 2017, a teaser trailer has already surfaced online, showing Christian Grey getting ready for night out.
In addition, the third and final entry in the franchise, Fifty Shades Freed, is scheduled to be released on February 9, 2018.
News of the Fifty Shades of Grey spoof comes as the film releases to DVD and Blu-ray. As People Magazine reports, the Blu-ray comes with an unrated edition of the film, which has an additional three minutes and 16 seconds worth of footage. Tara Fowler from People Magazine watched both versions of the film and reported the differences between the two. One of them is the alternate ending, which she says features Dakota Johnson’s character, Anastasia Steele, “mostly just crying a lot.”
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