While genre fans are understandably eager to hear anything and everything about Star Wars, Batman vs. Superman, and pretty much all the upcoming Marvel movies, there’s an in-development project of a different sort that’s generating an incredibly high amount of buzz as well: Fifty Shades of Grey. The feature film adaptation of E.L. James’ racy novel has been in the works for over a year now, but with a director (Sam Taylor-Johnson) and cast (Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson) finally set, production is gearing up to begin in just a few weeks. In fact, the first images of Dornan and Johnson in character were released by EW a few days ago.
Steve recently sat down for an extended interview with producer Dana Brunetti, and during their wide-ranging conversation he spoke extensively about Fifty Shades of Grey. Brunetti discussed the competitive process of landing the job as the film’s producer along with his partner Michael De Luca, collaborating with James, the difficult casting process, why they’re filming in Vancouver, and he talked about the possibility of releasing an NC-17 cut of the film in theaters. Hit the jump for much more.
Universal and Focus Features’ adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is moving closer towards an August 2014 release date, but there are still many pieces of the puzzle to complete before filming can begin. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) lost her leading man in Charlie Hunnam over the weekend as the actor opted to depart the project, and now the search is on for a replacement. THR reports that Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and The Fall star Jamie Dornan are among the list of possible replacements, and the studio is also revisiting its previous list of candidates that includes Theo James (Divergent) and Christian Cooke (Magic City), though Garrett Hedlund is out of contention due to scheduling issues.
Hit the jump for more, including news regarding script rewrites.
Release dates for two numerically inclined films have been announced. First up, Focus Features and Universal Pictures will release the E.L. James adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey on August 1, 2014. Though it’s been in active development for some time, the producers only just settled on a director, tapping Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) to take the helm. The BDSM-heavy pic should make for a nice bit of counterprogramming on the August 1st date, as it will open opposite Marvel’s space-set Guardians of the Galaxy. With a release firmly set, expect some Fifty Shades casting news very soon.
Additionally, Fox Searchlight has moved up the release date of director Steve McQueen’s (Shame) period drama Twelve Years a Slave nearly two months, from December 27th to October 18th. The move was made after the studio received highly positive feedback from test screenings, and the Michael Fassbender/Chiwetel Ejiofor-fronted pic will now have a platform release in October, priming it up for awards season recognition. I’d be shocked if the pic didn’t first show up at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
After first being first put into motion last year, a director has finally been set for Universal and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey movie. In case you live in a hole and have somehow managed to remain blissfully unaware, the film is based on an erotic trilogy of books by author E.L. James that tracks the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. After rumors swirled about the likes of Gus Van Sant and Joe Wright being interested in taking the helm, a bit of a surprise choice has been settled on to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey movie: Nowhere Boy helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson. Hit the jump for more.
This holiday season, you can celebrate family at the movies with The Guilt Trip, which tells the story of Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen), as he embarks on a cross-country road trip with his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), to turn one of his inventions into a success. With both funny and poignant moments on their mother-son adventure, each realizes that they just want the other to be happy.
At the film’s press day, writer/executive producer Dan Fogelman spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about taking a road trip with his own mom to inspire the script, that Barbra Streisand was his mom’s hero, making sure everything in the film came from a place of love, the scene he was most looking forward to seeing brought to life, why mother-son relationships are rarely explored in film, and how he loves it when actors improvise. He also talked about how cool it is to have Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline make up the cast for Last Vegas, which he wrote with Jon Turteltaub directing, what made Imagine (with Al Pacino, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Renner) the right film for him to make his directorial debut with, how much he’s enjoying the success of the ABC comedy series The Neighbors, which he created, and what interested him in the possibility of writing the 50 Shades of Grey movie (he was on the shortlist). Check out what he had to say after the jump.
It was announced earlier today by Fifty Shades of Grey author, E.L. James, that Kelly Marcel would pen the feature adaptation for Universal and Focus Features. The erotic trilogy tracks the relationship between college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. Known for its sexually explicit scenes of BDSM, Fifty Shades of Grey and its follow-up novels have sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Needless to say, this is a big win for Marcel. Hit the jump for more on the screenwriter and Fifty Shades of Grey.
This weekend, Collider got to participate in the press junket for Savages, the new film from three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone. Based on Don Winslow’s best-selling novel, the story follows two Laguna Beach entrepreneurs, Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), and their shared girlfriend O (Blake Lively), who run a very lucrative business selling some of the best marijuana ever developed, which attracts the unwanted interest of the Mexican Baja Cartel. For more on the film, you can watch six clips here.
While we will run the interviews about the film closer to its July 6th release in theaters, we did want to share what actor Aaron Johnson had to say to us about finally going into production on the Kick-Ass sequel, which is set to shoot in the Fall. He said that he has gotten to see a script, that it keeps the standard hard R feel of the first film, and that he’s excited to get back in the suit. He also addressed the recent statement that American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis made on Twitter about how he would be a good choice for the male lead in the film adaptation of the much-talked-about erotic novel, 50 Shades of Grey. Check out what he had to say after the jump.