While Fifty Shades of Grey was certainly a success based on its box office turnout, there were some fans who felt as though the film lacked sexual content. Apparently, so did one of Hollywood’s most iconic editors who worked on the movie’s final script, Anne V. Coates.
In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Coates discussed her time working on the adaptation of E.L. James’ bestselling novel. For starters, Coates revealed that she had fun working on the film, but that she was shocked when producers first approached her with the offer.
“It was kind of fun,” the acclaimed editor stated. “I was surprised to be asked to do it, but I think it was because I did Unfaithful, which was fairly sexy.”
Coates, who has worked on a number of highly acclaimed films including Lawrence of Arabia, Line of Fire, Erin Brockovich, and Out of Sight, went on to talk about she felt as though Fifty Shades of Grey should have contained more sex scenes.
“I thought it could have been a little more raunchy myself.”
That being said, Coates did admit that producers wanted to keep the film under an R rating, which prevented including more sex scenes. This is particularly disappointing, given the books erotic content and BDSM elements, which many fans thought the movie should have included more.
“Creatively, it was quite interesting because they were trying to get as sexy as they could and get an R rating. So we were very delicately going around some of the scenes,” the 90-year-old editor explained in the interview.
If fans were disappointed with the erotic content in Fifty Shades of Grey, the sequel promises to include even more sex scenes. According to Melty, both Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are excited to be returning to the franchise as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Darker, and are ready for whatever producers have in mind.
Even more, Dornan has expressed his own willingness to dive deeper into his role and even show more of his character. Exactly what that entails is yet to be seen, but fans can expect to see more of Dornan this time around.
For her part, Johnson recently shared how thrilled she is to be a part of the hit franchise. Although her role as Anastasia presents its own set of challenges, the actress stated that she is more than happy to have taken the role. The only downside, however, is that the movie has had a negative impact on her real-life romances, as many men find it difficult to approach her.
Meanwhile, Dornan and Johnson won’t have to wait much longer to work together on the movie, as production is expected to begin at the beginning of next month. Interestingly, the budget for the sequel is set at $20 million, which is half of the first film’s budget.
In comparison, Fifty Shades of Grey had a budget of $40 million and managed to make over $550 million in the box office. Producers have yet to address the significant cuts in budget, but it may have something to do with Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed being filmed simultaneously.
At the same time, the studio has yet to announce several casting choices for Fifty Shades Darker. In particular, the roles of Leila Williams, Jack Hyde, and Mrs. Robinson have not been cast. With production expected to being soon, fans can expect these casting announcements to be made at any time.
The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, titled Fifty Shades Darker, is scheduled to hit theaters on February 10, 2017.
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