50 Shades of Grey is not a good book. It is poorly written and is, at best, mediocre erotica. It is, however, an important book. It has opened millions of lives to sexual fantasy and experimentation – soccer moms and button down conservatives who were shut down sexually for years prior. I know at least three couples whose sex lives (and relationships) have been transformed, at least temporarily, by the sexual doors opened to them by 50 Shades.
50 Shades is also one of the those rare books that might actually be a better movie than book. The poor writing might make a decent script and the bar for good erotica is far lower for mainstream movies than it is for books.
But I worry the producers of 50 Shades are botching things. The last couple of months have seen numerous actors that had been associated with the film back away. This is usually a sign that production is going poorly or producers and actors cannot land on the film they want to make.
So, what film do they want to make? This is a legitimately tough question for 50 Shades. Is it an art film or mainstream? Do they allow the film to creep into NC17 territory or do they keep is more tame? There is no easy money, especially with the financial stakes at play and the potential for sequels. Personally, I hope they settle on artsy and NC17, but what I am positive of is that they need to decide soon and decisively if they want to land this thing.