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Joe Wright A Frontrunner To Direct 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 10, 2013 9:45 AM
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Perhaps the trickiest adaptation cooking in Hollywood at the moment is the big screen version of "Fifty Shades Of Grey." Yes, the fan fiction turned erotica bestseller film adaptation will likely increase handcuff sales, but the question is, who should direct? While there has been lots of rumors on the casting front, we've only really heard about Gus Van Sant making a pitch for the gig by shooting a test sex scene with Alex Pettyfer, but a few more names have popped up.

According to THR, Joe Wright is the frontrunner to direct the movie, which is a fairly surprising choice. Or is it? While the helmer is known for his dramas like "Atonement," "Pride & Prejudice" and "Anna Karenina," he's also dipped into action with "Hanna" and whatever that was with "The Soloist." So Wright taking on a sexually-charged S&M romance is intriguing we suppose, and we'd certainly be curious how he employs his customary long, single take....

Now it should be noted there are no offers or deals signed yet, but with Bennett Miller and Patty Jenkins also named as contenders, Focus and Universal are aiming for someone with an arthouse-ish sensibility. Good thing or bad thing? Does it matter? There are so many other factors (the script by Kelly Marcel, and yes, the casting) that prove decisive in a genre that's tough to pull off and land both a critical and audience success (and considering the studio is already in the hole for $5 million just for the rights, they're going to want this to be a hit).

Frankly, while we'd rather see Wright do anything else, we have to admit the prospect of him doing this is intriguing...thoughts?

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  • 33333333333333333333 | May 10, 2013 6:22 PMReply

    One "long, single take...." per movie, probably the dumbest director trademark ever

  • Sean | May 10, 2013 9:35 PM

    So i guess you're not a fan of Kubrick, PTA or Bela Tarr?

  • Sean | May 10, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    I still think the right choice is to go with Van Sant. He wants to do it and I think he could at least make it watchable. If not him, then give Patty a chance, considering she hasn't made a proper film in years.

  • BEF | May 10, 2013 11:58 AMReply

    I actually like this idea ... it's gonna be huge, why not get someone to make it decent? It's not like "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was a great piece of literary art, but I liked Fincher's take on the material ... the producers involved seem bent on making a film that is waaaayyyy better than the book, which is, in a way, interesting.

  • BEF | May 10, 2013 12:01 PM

    Why is it that Hollywood always pays top $$ for erotica scripts (Joe Eszterhas' booming 90s)? Adrien Lyne, Paul Verhoeven and John McNaughton all made decent erotic thrillers in the 90s. I'd actually welcome this genre back, and if it takes 50 Shades with an "overqualified" director I'll take it ... I'm sure the directors mentioned would see it as a way to challenge themselves.

  • Anya | May 10, 2013 11:41 AMReply

    Ugh. Joe Wright is one of my favourite directors and I was looking forward to see what book he'd tackle next - I never expected it might be Fifty Shades of Grey. So disappointed in him.

    I don't think I'll be able to take anyone involved in this thing seriously ever again. Hoping they don't cast anyone good because I'd hate to lose all respect for an actor/actress I actually like.

  • kelly | May 10, 2013 10:38 AMReply

    Respect plummeting for every name mentioned in this article.

  • oogle monster | May 10, 2013 10:22 AMReply

    Please give Jenkins a chance. Please! Wright is an incredible director and Anna Karenina was one of the most underrated films of the last few years but I would like to see Wright tackle The Little Mermaid first.

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