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Could 'Fifty Shades of Grey' get an NC-17 theatrical release?
Just in the past few days, it was announced that "Fifty Shades of Grey" was pushed to February 2015 for release, and the first images of leads Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were released via Entertainment Weekly.
It seemed a ripe time for producer Dana Brunetti to float an idea out to Collider that may allow for Universal to "double-dip."
“[T]his doesn’t mean this is going to happen, but I always thought it would be really cool if we released the R version and then we had an NC-17 version that we released a few weeks later," Brunetti said. "So everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it then have that NC-17 version out there as well. It’d be great for the studio too because they’d get a double dip on the box office… What we’re kind of hearing from the fans is they want it dirty, they want it as close as possible [to the book]."
Shooting begins in early December; the new release date is Feb. 13, 2015. When do you think would be a good time for an NC-17 cut, if ever?